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Does Your Boss Ask You To Disclose Your Inventions?

Posted on February 3, 2015

Most engineers are asked, requested or required to disclose inventions and intellectual property to their employer or to the company patent department. Often engineers are even given cash bonus dollars for filing the patent disclosures. However, most don’t file patents or patent disclosures. They think a patent filing takes a lot of time, is difficult, […]

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FREE-A presentation on ALICE!!

Posted on January 13, 2015

As we discussed in a prior post, the patent eligibility of inventions was supposed to be clarified last summer by the Supreme Court decision Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS BANK INTERNATIONAL et al.[i] In fact, little was decided. The state of software patents, and software inventions, is now uncertain. The patent attorneys at The […]

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PTO Guidance following Alice

Posted on December 16, 2014

Down the rabbit hole we go! As we discussed in a prior post, the patent eligibility of inventions was supposed to be clarified last summer by the Supreme Court decision Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS BANK INTERNATIONAL et al.[i] In fact, little was decided. Nonetheless the PTO quickly responded on June 25, 2014, by […]

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Go ask Alice Part Three

Posted on December 8, 2014

So Alice has given us a useful rule regarding patents – or has it? OK, we got it -the patents are invalid: but- what is the rule? The Court wrote that to evaluate whether a claim is patent ineligible, the Mayo framework is applied. The Court then recited the analysis steps: 1) determine whether the […]

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Go Ask Alice Part 2

Posted on December 2, 2014

Where intellectual property is patent eligible – except when it’s not… In part 1 of our discusson on Alice we covered the background of the potentially landmark patent lawsuit. Here we travel through the courts. On the way up, the courts went around the bush a few times. At the district court (US Dist. Ct […]

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