Some Hope For Software Patents Post-Alice

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.,[1] 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...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!