Assessing USPTO's Memo On Software Claim Patent Eligibility

Law360, New York (December 20, 2016, 3:01 PM EST) -- Brad Chin

Chris Drymalla

Brian Tompkins A recent U.S. Patent and Trademark Office memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps, in combination with precedential cases from the Federal Circuit, provides positive guidance to owners of software patents and patent applicants with software claims pending at the USPTO. Recent decisions worth noting and addressed by the USPTO memorandum include the following: McRO Inc. dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc.; BASCOM Global Internet Services v. AT&T Mobility LLC; and Amdocs (Israel) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom Inc., decided most recently on Nov. 1, 2016. In Amdocs, the Federal Circuit issued another precedential...

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