CLS Bank v Alice (en banc Fed Cir. 2013). This case was supposed to provide greater certainty as to what is eligible and what is not eligible for software patents. Start ups which are the engine of the U.S. economy typically does not have money to spend on intellectual property rights that are speculative and may be difficult to enforce. As such, this group of companies, mid … [Read more...]
An abstract idea is unpatentable and is an exception to the broad categories of subject matter that can be patented.
Summary: In Ex Parte Halligan, the BPAI held that a method using a programmed computer does not transform a method that is ineligible for patent protection patent eligible. The computer limitation is a field of use limitation and does not add any meaningful limitation to the claims. Basic Background: During examination of a non provisional patent application, an examiner … [Read more...]