3 Years After Alice, Patent Applicants Facing Better Odds

Securing patents for certain technologies, such as computer software inventions, was made difficult by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision. But new data shows that applicants are having a little bit more luck in 2017, particularly in one key area.

In its landmark 2014 decision, the Supreme Court held that abstract ideas implemented on a computer are not patentable under Section 101 of the Patent Act. Not surprisingly, the decision had a marked impact on computer-implemented inventions.

“Alice introduced a profound level of uncertainty into the...

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