Tag Archives: 2014 Patent-Eligibility Guidance

Is 101 Relief in Sight?

Federal Circuit Adds to Section 101 Jurisprudence
Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) released a plan to revise Section 101 of Title 35 of the U.S. Code relating to U.S. patent law, reports Alexis Kramer of Bloomberg Law. As reported by Ms. Kramer, the senators (the chairman and a ranking member respectively of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property) … Continue reading this entry

FEDERAL CIRCUIT KNOCKS OUT PATENTS AFTER CBM CHALLENGE

Guest Post by Jocelyn Yu, Foley & Lardner, LLP. Apple successfully invalidated three patents for failure to recite patent eligible subject matter. Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc., 2015-1792, 2015-1793 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The patents relate to synchronous communication systems for electronically generating and transmitting menu selections. While the covered technology is not directly related to … Continue reading this entry

ANOTHER DIAGNOSTIC PATENT FALLS UNDER 101

In Genetic Techs Ltd v Merial LLC (Fed. Cir., April 8, 2016), the Federal Circuit invalidated yet another diagnostic patent for failing to satisfy 35 U.S.C. § 101 on the ground that the claims recite nothing more than a law of nature. The claim’s recitation of the term “to detect the allele” was insufficient to … Continue reading this entry

Will the USPTO Respond to Public Feedback of Its Eligibility Guidance?

Periodically, the USPTO holds open meetings with the public to discuss its thinking on current topics relating to the patent procurement process. Late last week, the Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership of the USPTO announced the first bi-coastal meeting to be held via webcast in Washington, D.C. and San Jose, California on September 17th, 2014. … Continue reading this entry