Sunday, January 8, 2017

February 22: Web - Patent-Eligibility Update: Abstract Ideas in the Federal Circuit and USPTO (Live MBHB Webinar)

2016 was an interesting year for patent-eligibility. Four times, the Federal Circuit found software claims eligible for patent under 35 U.S.C. § 101, representing a marked change in how applicants and patentees can address this topic. Additionally, the USPTO has updated its patent-eligibility guidelines. This webinar will review the new case law and USPTO guidance, with an eye toward how each is being applied in practice. Discussion will include:

  • A review of the Enfish, BASCOM, McRO, and Amdocs cases.
  • A comparison of these cases to others in which the Federal Circuit found claims to be ineligible, emphasizing important distinctions made by the court.
  • Do's and don'ts of claim drafting / amending in light on these developments.
  • Introduction of a framework for determining how a given set of claims might be viewed under § 101, with an emphasis on what characteristics makes claimed inventions more likely to be eligible.
  • Open issues not yet answered by the courts.

Patent-Eligibility Update: Abstract Ideas in the Federal Circuit and USPTO
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:00-11:15 a.m. CT | Live MBHB Webinar via WebEx
While there is no fee to participate, all attendees must register in advance and, in order to receive MCLE credit, must participate online and individually. Register online here
MBHB partner Michael Borella, Ph.D.
MCLE credit is pending for the states of California, Illinois, New Jersey,* New York,* North Carolina and Virginia (*via reciprocity).
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is committed to educating clients and friends of the firm with respect to significant developments and trends in the areas of intellectual property law.
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