Federal Circuit Holds Notebook-Tabbed Spreadsheets Are Patent EligibleIn recent years, the Federal Circuit has issued a number of decisions attempting to define the line between computer-implemented claims that are patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for being directed to an abstract idea with no inventive concept applied to it and eligible claims directed to more than simply an abstract idea. The

MRCO v. Bandai Shows the Way to Broader Method Claims that Satisfy Alice and MayoIt is said that one should cast a “wide net to catch the big fish.” In patent parlance, the wide net is the claims and the big fish are the competitors and customers. The computer/software industry and diagnostic industry, among others, generally rely on method claims to protect IP. However, method claims in these areas

Patent Examiners Who Cut Corners in Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions Can Be ReversedDue to the rapidly shifting requirement for subject matter eligibility, some patent examiners seem to believe that, when it comes to software inventions, they are entitled to assume the invention is not patent eligible subject matter under § 101, and it is the applicant’s duty to prove otherwise. A recent decision by the Patent Trial