IP Litigation Insider: April 2018

April 17, 2018 | Insights


The Facts in the “Abstract”

“We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”
-Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

It seems that Douglas Adams has a great many fans in the universe of IP law. While he almost certainly didn’t have patent issues in mind while penning his cult classic, he was nevertheless prophetic of our current situation.

In 2014, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Alice decision, which had the effect of significantly raising the bar for “patent eligibility.”   The opinion has had a particularly adverse effect on so-called “software” enabled patents; the buzz being that the very concept of “software” patents is now dead.  As a general proposition, that statement is simply wrong. However, it is true that many software patents—primarily those issued before the days of Alice—are now being invalidated for claiming only “abstract” ideas.

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