Analysis

More Patent Applicants Go Shopping To Combat Alice

Law360, New York (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...

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