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USPTO Releases Update on Patent Eligibility Decision in Light of Enfish

On May 19, the USPTO released an update to patent examiners regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) recent decision in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp. and TLI Communications LLC v. A.V. Automotive, LLC. Both cases were recently discussed in the 213 Blog. In Enfish, the CAFC held that a claimed … Continue Reading

Abstract Idea Exception Rules the Day in TLI Communications

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuity (CAFC) has been busy on the patent eligibility front this month. After the recent Enfish decision, the CAFC handed down TLI Communications LLC v. AC Automotive, LLC the very next day. Unlike the decision in Enfish, the panel found the asserted claims invalid under 35 USC §101 as … Continue Reading

Not All Software Claims are Abstract Ideas Under Alice

On May 9, Mercury navigated its way between the earth and the sun (a “transit “in astronomical terms), an event that will not occur again until 2019. The Federal Circuit in Enfish, LLC v. Microsoft Corp (2015-1244) provided a legal equivalent this month by holding that claims directed to a data storage and retrieval system for … Continue Reading

The Government Whittles Away at Life Sciences Patents

The current U.S. Supreme Court has been noted for its hostility to patent holders in general, but the Supreme Court has been especially hostile to any sort of life sciences or software invention.  The Court has attempted to carve out special exceptions to the congressional mandate that patents will be granted for “any new and … Continue Reading

Eligibility of Isolated Nucleic Acid: Australian and U.S. Standards

This is the second of a two-part series comparing Australian and U.S. law and will focus on patent eligibility of an isolated nucleic acid sequence. Are the patent eligibility standards for isolated nucleic acid molecules becoming more or less consistent around the world? The United States and Australia have weighed in on this topic, and … Continue Reading

Business Method and Software Patent Eligibility: Australian and U.S. Standards

This is the first of a two-part series comparing Australian and U.S. law and will focus on software and computer-related inventions. While U.S. patent owners, applicants, and the bar have been seeking clarification from the courts and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding patent-eligible subject matter, other nations have been having similar struggles. Two … Continue Reading
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