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Software and Business Method Inventions After Alice

Patent attorneys are often asked the question: “Is my idea patentable?”  Often the idea is related to software or business methods.  Well-known business methods include Amazon’s “1-click shopping” and Priceline’s “reverse auction.”  In the new digital economy, innovative software and business method models have given rise to new very successful companies such as LinkedIn, Uber, … Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Reaffirms Its Longstanding Patent Exhaustion Precedents in Lexmark. v. Impression Products (Fed. Cir. Feb. 12, 2016) (en banc)

Under the doctrine of patent exhaustion, otherwise referred to as the “first sale doctrine,” the initial authorized sale of a patented item exhausts a patent owner’s rights to further control the sale, offer for sale, or use of the item. Bowman v. Monsanto Co., 133 S. Ct. 1761 (2013).  In other words, once a patented … Continue Reading
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