Law360, New York (December 12, 2014, 9:55 AM EST) -- Software patent owners, take heart. In a detailed order signed Nov. 3, 2014, in California Institute of Technology v. Hughes Communications Inc., Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found that although the claims in the software patents asserted by Caltech were directed to abstract ideas, the claims were nevertheless patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In her ruling, Judge Pfaelzer has injected helpful clarity to the question of when, if ever, a software-related claim is patent-eligible post Alice.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS...
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