Wave Of USPTO Alice Rejections Has Cos. Tweaking Strategies

By Ryan Davis (November 2, 2015, 1:36 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been rejecting patent applications for computer-related inventions at a high rate following the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice ruling, but attorneys say most companies are not giving up on seeking such patents and are revamping their filing strategies to give applications a better shot.

In recent months, USPTO patent examiners who handle applications in the area of e-commerce have been rejecting more than 90 percent of applications under Alice, according to statistics in a recent Law360 guest column by Robert Sachs of Fenwick & West LLP. The high court's 2014 ruling held that abstract ideas...

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