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Federal Circuit rules on USPTO decision in Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc
Dec13

Federal Circuit rules on USPTO decision in Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc

The Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (the Board) invalidation of several claims in three Ameranth patents in Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. Additionally, the Court reversed the Board’s decision to uphold all other claims in the patents, finding them unpatentable according to 35 U.S.C. § 101. The USPTO’s Director, Michelle Kwok Lee, challenged the Court’s ability to review the Board’s decisions,...

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The Problem with Patent Eligibility: District Court and PTAB Split over Intellectual Ventures Patent
Sep06

The Problem with Patent Eligibility: District Court and PTAB Split over Intellectual Ventures Patent

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Eastern District Court of Texas just issued conflicting decisions over the same patent, highlighting the problems of the Alice framework when it comes to distinguishing patent-eligible from non-patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Background Intellectual Ventures I LLC (IV) sued J. Crew Group, Inc. for patent infringement. The case concerns three U.S. Patents: RE43,725,...

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Alice strikes again: Amazon gets Appistry’s Patents Ruled Invalid
Aug22

Alice strikes again: Amazon gets Appistry’s Patents Ruled Invalid

The crackdown in US courts on software and process patents that try to secure intellectual property rights on very common ideas and concepts continues. The Western District Court of Washington recently agreed with Amazon.com’s demand that an IP infringement case brought against the retailer should be dismissed, because the patents underpinning the claim are invalid according. The Court found that the patents asserted by the plaintiff,...

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LendingTree Bears No Fruit, Because Abstract Ideas Don’t Hold Intellectual Property Water
Aug03

LendingTree Bears No Fruit, Because Abstract Ideas Don’t Hold Intellectual Property Water

It’s not just software patents having a difficult time in US courts, abstract ideas aren’t faring much better. In the most recent example, the Federal Circuit invalidated patent claims by online lender LendingTree, which had patented a broad concept, namely the ability to submit one application for a loan simultaneously to multiple lenders. However, the District Court – basing its decision on U.S.C. § 101 – ruled in the case...

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