US Urges Fed. Circ. To Weigh Abstract Patents Individually

Law360, New York (December 18, 2012, 2:02 PM ET) -- The federal government on Friday urged the Federal Circuit to consider the validity of patents for computer-implemented inventions not under a universal test, but through the individual features of each claim, in a case addressing the validity of patents for abstract ideas.

The government, on behalf of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, argued in an amicus brief in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp., the closely watched case where the Federal Circuit is weighing when a patent should be invalidated for claiming an abstract idea, that...
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