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Federal Circuit Identifies Software as Patentable Subject Matter (post Alice)

...“[T]hese claims stand apart because they do not merely recite the performance of some business practice known from the pre-Internet world along with the requirement to perform it on the Internet. Instead, the claimed solution is necessarily rooted in computer technology in order to overcome a problem specifically arising in the realm of computer networks.”
Older Supreme Court Cases Provide Guidance for Determining Patentable Subject Matter Post Alice 
IP Law for Startups: A Primer Presentation

Most (and Least) Popular IdeaEsq Articles of 2014

In 2014, I published 39 articles. My goal was one a week so I fell short, even counting some lame efforts. But still, 39 is a good number and based on the analytics, here are the top and bottom three articles from the last year. Please be kind to those bottom three. They need your love, too.

The Top Three IdeaEsq Articles of 2014

Number Three. The Ten Most Important Patent Cases. When I click on blog articles that list “The top five ___” and “Six ways to ___,” I feel dirty. Something about the number in the headline knocks down my ability to resist the link and I just want to see the list. I don’t know why we humans are stupid like this but we are. This was my earliest effort at selling the irresistible drug that is the “number-list” title. I tried to stay away from it over the course of the year but I did do a companion piece later titled The Ten Most Important Trademark Cases. Go ahead and try to resist clicking.

Number Two. Using “Configured to” in Patent Claims. Make no mistake, dear reader: You are a fun bunch and that’s why this article shot up the charts to number two. Go ahead and read up on this now. I promise you’ll be a hit at your New Year’s party.


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