Patent Eligibility of Software Innovations

Production Date: May 08, 2017 Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law Estimated Length: 3621 minutes


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Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, the patent eligibility of software innovations has been in question. Now, more than two years after this far-reaching decision, is a good opportunity to look back at how the Federal courts and the Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) have implemented the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence.

This course, taught by Brown Rudnick attorney Shahar Harel, will explore the Supreme Court’s analytical framework for determining whether a patent claim is eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. This includes an exploration of the concepts of  “abstract ideas” and “significantly more than” an abstract idea with an eye to understanding when software innovations are eligible for patent protection.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of recent decisions and PTO guidance relating to when a patent claims an “abstract idea” under Section 101
  2. Develop an understanding of recent decisions and PTO guidance on when additional claim elements amount to “significantly more than” an abstract idea
  3. Find out which of the PTO’s different technology centers and art units issue the most Alice based rejections
Amy E.
Weston, FL

Course had useful and timely information

Kushal M.
Lake Grove, NY

one of the most productive lessons I've had. I'm a patent attorney but not a software patent attorney and this was hugely informative for me - thanks!

Puyallup, WA

I was impressed by how the presenter took us through a number of cases and elegantly explained each one. One of the best I seen on the issue of software patents and how to judge what may be patentable.

Lourdes G.
Miami, FL

Outstanding job with this complicated subject.

Christopher B.
Lancaster, NY

I thought the presenter did a very good job covering the case law. I do not practice at all in the area of patent law but he made it very understandable. Would recommend to others.

Ralph D.
Valrico, FL

Feed issues, otherwise very good.

Raymond G.
Key Largo, FL

Course and speaker were good

David B. M.
Orlando, FL

I particularly appreciated the case citations.

Richard E H.
Berkeley, CA

Very helpful presentation in a tough-to-explain subject area.

Kevin X.
Rowland Heights, CA

excellent job. not the easiest topic to dive into.