Assessing 6 Years Of Court And USPTO Alice Interpretations

By Michael Kasdan, Nikko Quevada and Vincent Violago (July 22, 2020, 4:05 PM EDT) -- In its 2014 landmark ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as patent-ineligible CLS Bank's patents for mitigating settlement risk. At the time, it was widely believed that Supreme Court guidance was needed to help sort out what inventions were patent-eligible and which were not.

As we continue to struggle with a consistent understanding of how to apply the Alice framework, the demarcation between patent-ineligible concepts and patent-eligible applications of concepts remains elusive.

Six years after Alice, it seems a good time to ask: What has been its impact both at the U.S. Patent...

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