Tag Archive for software patent

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.…

CCIA Filed Comments with the USPTO on Software Patent Quality

On February 12, 2013 in Silicon Valley, and February 27, 2013 in New York City, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held two roundtables on enhancing the quality of software patents as part of an effort to develop a “Software Partnership” between the USPTO and the software community.  In accordance with these roundtables, they also requested written…

Patent Progress Interview Series: Julie Samuels, EFF

A few weeks ago we interviewed Julie Samuels, the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), about software patents and patent trolls.  Our conversation focused both on why we have a software problem and how the patent trolls are a part of the software patent issue.  We also discussed…

Guest Post: Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation

Over the last several months, we have been vocal in our calls for software patent reform to put an end to the threat of lawsuits on behalf of patent assertion entities (PAEs), more commonly known as patent trolls. Why? Because at Rackspace it has become our most pressing legal issue. Since 2010, our spending to…

Patents in the News 2/27

  Businesses plan to boost IP litigation spending – survey Thomson Reuters February 27, 2013 Dan Levine More publicly traded companies are planning to increase spending on intellectual property litigation over the next 12 months than compared to any other practice area, a new survey of general counsels and heads of litigation has found. Guest…

Patent Troll Panel Important for Competition Policy

CCIA is hosting an important event on Thursday, February 28th entitled “How Patent Trolls are Harming Innovation.”  The event will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will feature six prominent panelist offering different but harmonious opinions on the current state of the patent troll environment: Julie Samuels, Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid…

“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…