Introduction Many, if not most of you are probably aware of the newly enacted America Invents Act (AIA).  The AIA is major patent legislation that includes significant changes to American patent law.  It was signed into law on September 16, 2011.  This report provides a summary of the most important provisions that are included in…

The Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), David Kappos, defended software patents at a recent keynote address at the Center for American Progress. In the address, Kappos emphasized that software patents are not issued merely for lines of code, or abstract ideas but instead are issues for processes and apparatuses. Examples…

On April 9, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania’s decision to invalidate patent claims asserted by Noah Systems, Inc. (“Noah”) against Intuit, Inc. (“Intuit”), because the claims were indefinite.  At the center of this case was U.S. Patent No. 5,875,435…

Microsoft is currently waiting for the USPTO to complete its review of a patent application it filed in 2010 entitled Targeting Advertisements Based on Emotion.  The application claims a method of observing and determining a user’s emotional state and then transmitting advertisements to the user which match that emotional state.  Microsoft claims that the system…

On December 15, 2009, the USPTO designated the Ex Parte SRINIVAS GUTA and KAUSHAL KURAPATI opinion as precedential, whereby it provides interim examining guidance to Patent Examiners when determining whether a software or business method patent application is directed to eligible patentable subject matter.  A copy of the case is here.  The guidelines are provided…

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