The Software IP Report

How to Practice Patent Law After Alice

By Charles Bieneman

Categories: Patent Eligibility, The Software IP Report

I don’t have all the answers about how to approach patent issues arising under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al.  No one does.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has just started to change its patent examination practices.   The effects of lower court decisions are just starting to be widely felt.  Nonetheless, there are lessons to be drawn.  I tried to cover some of these in a recent presentation to the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association on Section 101 patent-eligibility and the impact of Alice on U.S. patent practice.  You can download the presentation here.