The Alice decision held that patent claims directed to certain abstract ideas are invalid under 35 U.S.C. Sec. 101. This represents the fourth time in the past five years that the Supreme Court has tackled the question of whether a patent was directed to patent-eligible subject matter. The decision impacts the future of software patents, other business method patents, and patent troll (NPE) activity. This One-Hour Briefing will address what inside counsel need to know about the Supreme Court’s decision on patent eligibility including:

  • What factors of patent eligibility does the Alice ruling not address
  • Applying Alice from the perspective of the patent defendant