Fed. Circ. Ruling Aims To Set Guidelines On Abstract Patents

Law360, New York (July 9, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT) -- A patent can only be found invalid for claiming an abstract idea if it's "manifestly evident" that the claims cover the idea and nothing else, the Federal Circuit held Monday, reversing a lower court's invalidation of Alice Corp.'s patents for a computerized trading platform.

The decision, which drew a heated dissent, sought to establish guidelines for determining when a patent should be rejected for claiming abstract ideas, which are not patent-eligible subject matter under Section 101 of the Patent Act.

The lower court incorrectly ruled that...
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