software patents

Computer implemented inventions in the US, is your invention “rooted in computer technology”?

Historically, the law in the America regarding computer implemented inventions, CIIs, has been more flexible than in Europe. Following the infamous Alice decision held in 2014, the USPTO has changed its approach in assessing subject matter eligibility, generating greater uncertainty around the patentability of CIIs.   In brief, the USPTO operates a two-part test. In […]

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Alice vs CLS Bank – US Supreme Court Rules on Software Patents

The US Supreme Court recently handed down its eagerly awaited judgment in the case of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. Vs CLS Bank International et al.   The question at issue was how to define which subject matter is eligible for patent protection, in particular in the context of the computer implementation of otherwise abstract ideas. […]

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Software/Business Method Patents in the US – CLS vs Alice Oral Hearings at the Supreme Court

I have written in a couple of previous blog posts (here and here) about Alice vs. CLS in the US, which is an ongoing case relating to the question of which subject matter should be excluded from patent protection in the US. Following on from the referral to the Supreme Court, the Oral Arguments were […]

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Samsung and Google Announce Patent Cross-Licence

Samsung and Google have announced a global patent cross-licensing agreement covering “a broad range of technologies and business areas”.  Samsung’s announcement is lacking in detail and leaves many questions open, but most commentators are focusing on the relevance to Android and the smartphone space, and in particular how this plays out with respect to each […]

Posted in Patents, software patents, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

Patent Search for Santa

Patents can sometimes be a bit dry and at Scintilla we’re in the holiday mood, so I thought it would be festive to search for Santa-related patents, using a free patent search service. I may not have found Santa, but I did find his “illusionary trail”.   Searching for Santa Patent searching is a critical […]

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US Software Patents – CLS vs Alice goes to the Supreme Court

In a previous blog post I wrote about the decision in the US of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in the matter of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. vs. CLS Bank International.  In that case, a patent was rejected as relating to subject matter that was not patent-eligible.  The patent claim related […]

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US Court Decision in DDR vs Hotels.com Leaves Door Open to Software Patents

I recently posted about a decision in the US in the case of CLS vs Alice Corporation which related to the patentability of software claims.   Subsequently, the Eastern Discrict of Texas has decided a case, DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com, L.P., 2013 WL 3187161 (E.D.Tex. 2013).  You can read details on the informative Patently-O […]

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German Parliament Issues Motion Against Software Patents

The German Parliament recently issued a motion calling upon the German Government to place limitations on the scope of the software patents that it grants.  You can see a translation of it here courtesy of BIKT – a German ICT trade association.   Among other things, the motion calls for a definition of “technical” to […]

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Missed Opportunity in the US to Clarify Conditions for Software Patents

May has been an interesting month in the world of software patents. This post is about a US court decision ruling that a particular software invention is not patentable. I’ve written another post about a UK court decision that confimrs the patentability of a different software invention and that helps clarify UK practice.   The […]

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UK Court Affirms Patentability of Software

May has been an interesting month in the world of software patents. This post is about a decision of a UK court ruling that a particular software invention is patentable. I’ve written another post about a US court decision that represents a missed opportunity to bring some clarity to this area.   The UK Court […]

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