United States

Case summaries and articles about intellectual property that are relevant to the United States of America.

July 3, 2014

US Supreme Court Reaffirms that Induced Infringement Requires Direct Infringement

Limelight Networks Inc v Akamai, No 12–786, 572 US ____ (2014) - The US Supreme Court reaffirmed that induced infringement requires direct infringement.
June 20, 2014

Reciting a Generic Computer or Conventional Computer Implementation Not Sufficient to Render an Otherwise Abstract Idea Patent Eligible

Alice Corp v CLS Bank, No 13–298, 573 US ____ (2014) - The US Supreme Court rejected patent claims that “relate to a computerized scheme for mitigating ‘settlement risk’" for being drawn to the abstract idea of intermediated settlement. Merely requiring generic computer implementation fails to transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention.
October 24, 2013

House of Representatives Tackles Patent Trolls with The Innovation Act of 2013

Summary A new bill (H.R. 3309) was introduced entitled The Innovation Act of 2013. The bill is cosponsored by Howard Coble (R-N.C.) the chairman of the […]
July 3, 2013

In Echo of SCC’s Sildenafil Decision, the US CAFC Upholds Invalidation of Claims to a Family of Compounds for Non-enablement

Wyeth v. Abbot Labs (Fed. Cir. 2013) Wyeth appealed from the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey’s grant of summary judgment that claims […]
June 17, 2013

US Supreme Court Holds Isolated Naturally-Occurring DNA Segments Are Products of Nature and Not Patent Eligible

Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics Inc, US SC No 12–398 (2013) - The US Supreme Court must determined that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring.