Driveshaft Case Brings More Confusion To Patent Eligibility

Law360 (August 6, 2020, 9:51 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit's latest fractured opinion on patent eligibility, this one invalidating a car driveshaft patent, has further muddled the law on the contentious issue and could lead to even more patents being invalidated, according to experts left frustrated by the ruling.

With a 6-6 vote last week, the full court fell short of the seven votes needed to initiate en banc review of a panel decision that an American Axle patent on an automobile component that reduces noise and vibrations covers nothing more than a patent-ineligible law of nature.

You can certainly read the decision as saying there's no category...

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