Alice Didn’t Go As Far As Some May Think, Iancu Says

Law360 (March 5, 2019, 9:44 PM EST) -- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu said in a speech Monday that in the Alice decision on patent-eligibility, the U.S. Supreme Court “never said that all automation with computers is per se ineligible,” and new USPTO guidance on the issue aims to make that clear.

Speaking at an intellectual property law symposium at The University of Akron School of Law, Iancu said the focus of discussions about the high court’s 2014 Alice v. CLS Bank decision, which has been cited to find many patents invalid, should not be on the fact that the invention at issue used a computer,...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS