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Getting The Future Backwards: Iancu’s Comments On § 101 At IPO

This morning, Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Director Iancu gave remarks at the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Annual Meeting.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, given IPO’s efforts to legislatively overturn the Supreme Court’s recent cases reinforcing the bar on patents on products of nature and abstract ideas, Director Iancu’s remarks focused on patentable subject matter—§ 101. While…

More Evidence Is In—Alice Has Been Good For R&D

Tuesday marked one milestone—utility patent number 10,000,000.  But it also marked a far more important milestone—the 4-year anniversary of the Alice decision.  Looking back on those 4 years, Alice has been a clear success in eliminating patents that never should have issued.  It’s had a very limited impact on patent prosecution, with most applications entirely…

Apple Wants to Compete on Patent Portfolio, Not Products

(Cross-posted on DisCo) Apple has been an odd player in the patent debate. On the one hand, it’s the company that gets sued by patent trolls more than any other. As a result, it supports most of the patent reform bill, and Apple uses the Covered Business Method (CBM) program far more than any other…

SCOTUS Takes on Patents in a Big Way

Updated (1/23/14): Medtronic has been decided. The Federal Circuit was unanimously reversed. You can read the opinion here. At the end of last week, the Supreme Court granted petitions for certiorari for two more patent cases. That means that there will probably be six patent cases decided this term. And several of them are big. Here’s…

CLS Bank v. Alice: Don’t Lose Your Head

The patent world was waiting with bated breath for the Federal Circuit’s decision in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corp. At last, we thought, we would have a ruling on when software is patentable and when it isn’t. As you may have heard, we had no such luck when the decision was issued last Friday.…

“The Black Box is Never Described”: CLS Tries to Teach the Federal Circuit the Difference Between Methods Claims and Systems Claims, and about Abstract Ideas

For those who are interested, a reader has shared a transcript of the oral arguments in CLS Bank v. Alice en banc at the Federal Circuit.  As we have written, a lot is at stake in this case as it takes a deep dive into the eligibility of many software patents.  There are many issues…

Patents in the News

Facebook sued over ‘like’ button (BBC News) Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the “like” button and other features of the social network… It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer. Apple, Samsung continue complex relationship as patent…

Summarizing the Briefs and Arguments in CLS Bank v. Alice

Tomorrow, the Federal Circuit will hear oral arguments in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.  In an earlier post we gave an introduction to the case and explained how potentially important it might be.  At stake is the validity of software patents generally and if they should differentiate between method, system and storage-based software patents.  We…