1. Be Specific: Further Thoughts from Two-Way Media to Avoid a 101 Misstep

    Posted on 30.01.18 Michael Hinrichsen, on Articles, Patent Related Court Rulings, Patent Trends & Activity

    Developments on the topic of patent subject matter ineligibility continue to progress rapidly.  In this piece we revisit the Federal Circuit Court decision in Two-Way Media v. Comcast.  This case provides comments in part on the role the patent specification should play when looking for inventive concepts in the second step of the Alice/Mayo test.  Two-Way also serves as an important reminder to patent professionals to avoid conflation of the § 101 subject matter eligibility inquiry with § 102 and § 103 novelty and obviousness considerations.

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  2. Navigating the Patent Eligibility Turnstile

    Posted on 21.11.17 Michael Hinrichsen, on Patent Related Court Rulings, Patent Trends & Activity, Recent News & Articles

    On October 18, the CAFC Circuit Court delivered a verdict in Smart Sys. Innov. v Chicago Trans. Auth. that adds an interesting new wrinkle for determining the question of patent subject matter eligibility.  In a split decision, the court ruled that several contested patents held by SSI were directed to an abstract idea following the Mayo/Alice test for determining patent eligibility, and were therefore invalid.  The dissenting opinion, penned by Judge Linn, offered an interesting, and in our opinion, reasonable, new interpretation for the Mayo/Alice test for determining patent eligibility.

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  3. Rise of the Machines: The Ever-Evolving Impact of Artificial Intelligence on IP Law

    Posted on 24.10.17 Michael Hinrichsen, on Articles, Patent Trends & Activity

    Long heralded as a technology just around the corner, artificial intelligence is finally making an impact in today’s world.  As the technology progresses and becomes more widely adopted, routine mental tasks will become increasingly automated, so much so that nearly 50% of the jobs currently performed by humans are predicted to be automated in the future. In this article, we examine the impact artificial intelligence is having on intellectual property law today, and how this technology will likely affect the field in the future.

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  4. Patent Exhaustion and Pharmaceuticals

    Posted on 22.08.17 Michael Hinrichsen, on Articles, Biotech/Pharma, Patent Related Court Rulings

    On May 30th, the Supreme Court ruled in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. that all patent rights are automatically exhausted upon the sale of a product irrespective of contract stipulations and regardless of whether the sale is made domestically or internationally. While the dispute in this case involved articles of manufacture, the decision has strong implications for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical Industry, and may make it easier for drugs sold legally overseas to make their way back to the US market.

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