More Patent Applicants Go Shopping To Combat Alice

By Matthew Bultman (November 16, 2017, 7:53 PM EST) -- Facing challenging odds securing patents for computer software inventions in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, patent applicants are making increased use of a strategy sometimes referred to as art-unit shopping to help boost their chances.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office assigns patent applications into art units, where they are examined by patent examiners. The idea of art-unit shopping is that inventors write their applications in a way that helps steer it into a preferred unit.

This strategy isn't new, but attorneys say it has become more prevalent in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark...

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