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Bingo, the popular game of chance and subject of a multi-billion dollar gaming industry, came within the sights of the Federal Circuit’s application of patent eligibility recently.

In a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that all claims at issue in the highly anticipated case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l. are invalid under §101 of the patent statutes.

Friday, 23 May 2014 19:45

Chief Judge Rader Stepping Down

Chief Judge Randall Rader announced that he will be stepping down from his position as chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, effective May 30, 2014. Judge Sharon Prost will succeed Judge Rader as chief judge. Judge Rader, who leaves the position with three years remaining in his seven-year term as chief judge, will remain in active service to the Court.

The Federal Circuit held recently that an application programming interface (“API”) may fall within the scope of copyright protection despite its functionality.

Oracle v. Google primarily concerned Google’s copying of the “structure, sequence and organization” of numerous API packages of Oracle’s Java software package.

A new rule proposal signed by Michelle Lee, deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, would require disclosure of the true owner of patents and patent applications.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 23:13

USPTO Allows “And/Or” Claim Language

In what many will consider a blow to English grammar, a recent decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board found an applicant's "and/or" claim language valid.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 22:30

Fair Use Defense Has Wings for Ravens, NFL

A federal court affirmed Tuesday that use of the “Flying B” logo by the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL was fair use.

Friday, 06 December 2013 19:17

House Passes Innovation Act

In a show of broad bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act Thursday by a vote of 325-91.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 20:45

Twitter's IP Concerns Amid Public Offering

In the days before its initial public offering, Twitter expressed a number of intellectual property woes in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commision.

In an all-too-rare showing of bipartisan cooperation, ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives came together in support of a patent reform bill introduced Monday by Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.

Titled the “Innovation Act,” (H.R. 3309) the bill proposes some significant changes to the way patents would be procured and enforced.

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