Category Archive for "Patent Law"

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Patterson Thuente Listed on 2017 IAM Patent 1000

We are proud to be listed among the top patent firms in the world in this year’s IAM Patent 1000. Patterson Thuente appears in the prestigious publication, published by Globe Business Media Group of London, as one of the world’s leading patent service providers. IAM is acknowledged within the industry as the leading IP business media platform; as such, we are honored to have our own Amy Salmela, Jim Patterson, Eric Chadwick, and Brad Pederson featured as distinguished professionals. IAM characterizes Patterson Thuente as a firm that “excel[s] at developing and executing strategic solutions to the complex IP matters that are crucial to success in today’s highly competitive global marketplace,” and highlights our “interdisciplinary expertise, deep technical and scientific knowledge and clear understanding of how intellectual property affects [our] clients’ bottom line.” Further information, quoted from IAM’s official press release, underscores the significance of this honor. The IAM Patent 1000 has become the definitive directory
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Amy Salmela Profiled in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Patterson Thuente’s Amy Salmela is the focus of a July article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. A link to the article is included below (full text available to subscribers), which spotlights Salmela’s rise through the firm, and her current objectives to increase diversity. Read the Article
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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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