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“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…

Previewing CLS Bank v. Alice

Tomorrow, February 8, the full Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”), who receives nearly all patent appeals, will hear oral arguments in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.  This case could be a seminal case for the future of software patents, and so we will be doing a few posts on it.  This post…

Patents in the News

Judge Koh Rules in Apple v. Samsung – No Willfulness, No Enhanced Damages for Apple but No New Trial Either (Groklaw) The presiding judge in the Apple v. Samsung litigation in San Jose, CA, the Hon. Lucy Koh, has issued four rulings on the parties’ post-trial briefs. No to a new trial for Samsung, as she…

Patent Bully: Steve Jobs’ Unethical Use of Patents

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) Yesterday, a sworn statement by former Palm CEO Edward Colligan became part of the public record in a civil antitrust lawsuit brought by 5 employees at major Silicon Valley tech firms.  Colligan alleged, supported by email records, that Steve Jobs contacted him and “proposed” an arrangement in which Apple and…

USPTO Accepting Comments on Software Patents

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a Federal Register notice on software patent issues, announcing several roundtables and a written comment period.  The roundtables will be held February 12, 2013 in Silicon Valley, and February 27, 2013 in New York City, and they will be webcast.  To speak at the roundtables,…

The SHIELD Act Is a Step in the Right Direction

The SHIELD Act is an important step in the process of common sense patent reform where it is most needed: computer hardware and software patents.  The Act introduces a “loser pays” rule in computer hardware and software patent litigation when a court determines that a plaintiff did not have a reasonable likelihood of success.  The SHIELD…