Category Archive for "Patent Law"

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Business method patent surprisingly survives judicial scrutiny

Business method patents on software have had a tough time in the courts in recent years. But a recent ruling may now provide some hope for patent holders. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Trading Technologies Int’l, Inc. v. CQG, Inc. marks a rare example of the court finding software to be patent-eligible. The ruling provides valuable guidance on just what it takes for these patents to withstand judicial scrutiny.

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Why novelty doesn’t make abstract ideas any less abstract

When the inventors of a new design process admitted that they had mentally performed the patented steps themselves, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals took them at their word. The patent holders in Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp. ultimately failed the two-step abstract ideas test.

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Just desserts? Why a computerized menu patent was found ineligible

The decision in Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. probably wasn’t what the patent-holder ordered. Late last year, both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (which hears all appeals in patent cases) reviewed Ameranth Inc.’s patents for a computerized restaurant menu system, ultimately sending Ameranth back to the kitchen.

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Overcoming Alice: Guidelines for Inventors of Computer-Based Inventions

Get some guidance on how to write patents for computer-related technology and download our handy invention disclosure checklist.

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AIPLA Announces Legislative Proposal on Patent Eligibility

Read the release below that outlines the AIPLA Legislative Proposal for providing a clear and objective test for patent eligibility.

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Welcome Denise Kettelberger, Ph.D.

Patterson Thuente IP is proud to welcome patent attorney Denise Kettelberger, Ph.D. to our team! Learn more about her impressive background.

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How the disavowal exception trashed a patent infringement claim

Courts in infringement cases construe terms in patent claims by their plain and ordinary meaning — usually. As the patentee in Poly-America, L.P. v. API Industries, Inc., learned the hard way, the Federal Circuit doesn’t take that approach when the disavowal of claim scope applies.

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Can you hear me? Court turns deaf ear to wireless radio patent-holder

Cases regarding the patent eligibility of abstract ideas continue to pile up at the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent-related appeals. In its recent ruling in Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC, v. DIRECTV LLC, the court found that two patented inventions failed both parts of the patent eligibility test.

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Client Profile: Sunburst Chemicals

Sunburst Chemicals has been innovating our cleaning process since 1920. We know today how important it is to clean food, laundry and every day items and Sunburst is on the forefront of that mission. They supply a number of cleaning products for a variety of every day use:

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New Year IP Resolution

New years resolutions are one of the world’s longest standing traditions. Throughout January, people will reflect on their personal and professional goals and ambitions to set forth on a new journey—often making a list of what they hope to accomplish. This year, we recommend adding one small piece to that list—protecting your ideas.

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