CLS Bank v. Alice: The “Nothing More Than” Limitation on Abstract Ideas

By Jason Rantanen

CLS Bank International v. Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2012) Download 11-1301
Panel: Linn (author), O'Malley, Prost (dissenting)

Despite two recent opinions by the Supreme Court, the issue of patent eligible subject matter continues to sharply divide the Federal Circuit.  CLS Bank v. Alice Corporation illustrates this point neatly, even going a step further.   Unlike other recent opinions involving questions of patent eligible subject matter that have approached the issue in a relatively narrow, case-specific manner, here the majority implements a sweeping rule with significant implications for future cases – a rule that the dissenting judge criticizes as being irreconcilable with Supreme Court's precedent.

Background: Alice sued CLS for infringement of four patents covering, in the majority's words, "a computerized trading platform for exchanging obligations in which a trusted third party settles obligations between a first and second party so as to eliminate 'settlement risk'.  Settlement risk is the risk that only one party's obligation will be paid, leaving the other party without its principal."  Slip Op. at 2.  The patents included method, system, and computer program product claims. Claim 1 of Patent No. 7,149,720 is representative of the system claims:

1. A data processing system to enable the exchange of an obligation between parties, the system comprising:
a data storage unit having stored therein information about a shadow credit record and shadow debit record for a party, independent from a credit record and debit record maintained by an exchange institution; and

a computer, coupled to said data storage unit, that is configured to (a) receive a transaction; (b) electronically adjust said shadow credit record and/or said shadow debit record in order to effect an exchange obligation arising from said transaction, allowing only those transactions that do not result in a value of said shadow debit record being less than a value of said shadow credit record; and (c) generate an instruction to said exchange institution at the end of a period of time to adjust said credit record and/or said debit record in accordance with the adjustment of said shadow credit record and/or said shadow debit record, wherein said instruction being an irrevocable, time invariant obligation placed on said exchange institution.

The district court granted summary judgment of invalidity based on a failure to claim patent eligible subject matter.  Alice appealed.

The majority's "nothing more than" limitation: In reversing the district court, the majority focused on the "abstract ideas" exception to patent eligible subject matter.  Examing the concept of "abstract ideas," the majority concluded that despite substantial precedent and commentary, its meaning remains unclear and its boundary elusive.  There is, of course, some guidance in the precedent, notably the machine or transformation test and concerns about preempting an entire field of innovation.  There are also computer-specific opinions, which the majority distilled down into the rule that "a claim that is drawn to a specific way of doing something with a computer is likely to be patent eligible whereas a claim to nothing more than the idea of doing that thing on a computer may not."  Slip Op. at 18 (emphasis in original). But even this rule allows for "great uncertainty" as to the meaning of "abstract ideas."

Against this backdrop, the majority did not attempt to define the concept of "abstract ideas."  Instead, it implemented a new rule that minimizes the need to make such a determination and strongly favors a conclusion of patentable subject matter when claims involve anything that might be characterized as an abstract idea.  The majority's rule:

"this court holds that when—after taking all of the claim recitations into consideration—it is not manifestly evident that a claim is directed to a patent ineligible abstract idea, that claim must not be deemed for that reason to be inadequate under § 101…Unless the single most reasonable understanding is that a claim is directed to nothing more than a fundamental truth or disembodied concept, with no limitations in the claim attaching that idea to a specific application, it is inappropriate to hold that the claim is directed to a patent ineligible “abstract idea” under 35 U.S.C. § 101."

Slip Op. at 20-21 (emphasis added).  Applying this rule, the majority concluded that Alice's claims were directed to patent eligible subject matter.  In reaching this conclusion, it emphasized the need to look at the claim as a whole rather than to generalize the invention as the district court did.  Applying this approach, the majority concluded that the computer limitations "play a significant part in the performance of the invention" and that the claims are "limited to a very specific application of the concept of using an intermediary to help consummate exchanges between parties." Id. at 26. 

The majority also emphasized a theme previously discussed on PatentlyO: that district courts have the discretion to determine the order in which to assess questions of validity, and may execise that discretion in the interests of judicial efficiency: "Although § 101 has been characterized as a “threshold test,” Bilski II, 130 S. Ct. at 3225, and certainly can be addressed before other matters touching the validity of patents, it need not always be addressed first, particularly when other sections might be discerned by the trial judge as having the promise to resolve a dispute more expeditiously or with more clarity and predictability."  Slip Op. at 13 (emphasis added).

Judge Prost's Dissent: Writing in dissent, Judge Prost sharply criticized the majority for "responding to a unanimous Supreme Court decision against patentability with even a stricter subject matter standard."  Dissent at 8.    "The majority resists the Supreme Court’s unanimous directive to apply the patentable subject matter test with more vigor. Worse yet, it creates an entirely new framework that in effect allows courts to avoid evaluating patent eligibility under § 101 whenever they so desire."  Id. at 1.  Judge Prost was equally critical of the majority's departure from the Supreme Court's case-specific approach to questions of patent eligible subject matter.  "The majority has failed to follow the Supreme Court’s instructions—not just in its holding, but more importantly in its approach."  Id. at 3.

Central to Judge Prost's dissent is the view that the Supreme Court in Prometheus required that to be patent eligible the subject matter must contain an "inventive concept."  "Now there is no doubt that to be patent eligible under § 101, the claims must include an “inventive concept.”  Dissent at 3. Finding nothing inventive in the claims – they consist of the abstract and ancient idea together with its implementation via a computer – the dissent concludes that they cannot constitute patent eligible subject matter.

The Heart of the Dispute: One interpretation of the divide between majority and dissent is that it flows from fundamentally different approaches to the question of what the "invention" is for purposes of § 101.  The majority sees the "invention" as rigidly defined by the claims: "ignoring claim limitations in order to abstract a process down to a fundamental truth is legally impermissible," and accuses the dissent of doing just that.  Slip Op. at 23.  In contrast, the dissent, while recognizing the importance of the claims, strips them of jargon in order to ask "So where is the invention"?  Dissent at 5.  The majority's approach resembles the standard patent law approach to dealing with the concept of the invention; the dissent's is much more similar to how the Supreme Court analyzes questions of patentable subject matter. 

In any event, given the fundamental disagreement between the majority and dissent, this will be a case to keep a close eye on.

Correction to original post: Judge Lourie was joined by Judge O'Malley, not Judge Moore.

392 thoughts on “CLS Bank v. Alice: The “Nothing More Than” Limitation on Abstract Ideas

  1. 301

    As many times as I fired him, as many times as I told him to give me my evidence back and he never gave back 85 to 90%of it. Now I know he ans his cronies claimed that because I was a 4446 he could then say I was at 500 Fisher! Who are these people? And as many times as I tried to call him… no Phone! I bet he isn’t even at any of the Addresse he jumps to each time I send him a firing! He is running like a checker on a checker board. Why are they claiming I am brain dead when in fact it is they that are as you say behind the Curtain. I did everything I was supposed to. It is them that keep moving the Gola Posts so I look brain dead!

  2. 300

    You’re right that your logic fails, but that is because your second premise is slightly off because of your proclivity for sound biting. Rather than reading only what is literally said, you must read in context.

    Time is indeed abstract.

    Time is the motion of objects abstracted.

    There are you two premise literally spelled out a bit better.

    Specifically, once clocks were made, time was the abstraction of the march of the hands on the clock. Before that it was the abstraction of water turning a wheel etc.

    I do not have the time nor do I wish to expend further effort laying this down for you in a manner which your tar d brain can handle. I do not, after all, have a degree in special education for those with learning disabilities. You obviously have a learning disability along with a reading level that approaches, but does not exceed, the 8th grade. If you think you can handle it, which I promise you cannot, go read “about time” they may even have a copy at your library.

    And keep in mind that you’re not arguing with me, you’re arguing with sir Isaac Newton and his legion of followers, known generally as the nobel prize winners in physics, which are alive today. I am merely the messenger.

  3. 299

    Two responses:

    1) No one is crying, quite rather, I am pointing out the reality of the situation.

    2) Progress has nothing to do with the philosophical battle, which rages regardless of any such progress (witness the anti-patent folk posting that society would be better off without patents and copyrights, regardless of the fact that no modern advanced civilization has a system of no patents and copyrights).

  4. 297

    This from the guy who says he treats all methods equally and has no campaign against business methods?

    Can you be more blatently obvious that you have an illicit agenda?

    You keep on neglecting to account for the fact that if Congress so despised business method patents, all they had to do was say “No business method patents.”

    You also misrepresent the majority of the Supreme Court that did not sign up with Steven’s very message of “No business method patents.”

    You also misrepresent this “technology” requirement, for which the courts have explicitly said (and Congress has nto disagreed) that there is no technological arts test.

    Enough is enough, just not the enough you think it is.

  5. 296

    Paul, I think your point well applies to business method claims for which good prior art is not available. These claims are directed to ineligible subject matter and are not directed to new computers. The problem is not scope, but the subject matter itself! They are the business method elephant in the tent that is trying to masquerade as new technology. Anybody can see that elephant regardless of the the fog of misdirection engaged in by the Alice court.

    The Supreme Court, I believe, has just about had it with business method claims, just as did the Federal Circuit when it overruled State Street Bank in Bilksi. Bilski was not an ordinary case. It was a case that boiled with anger. The court has had it with what was happening at the PTO, in the courts, and to our economy because of State Street Bank.

    Congress twice now has reacted with condemnation of business method patents. The Supreme Court has also at least once. Only the Kennedy 4 plea for caution. Everyone else on that court was really pissed off. Congress is also concerned. All you have to do is read Senator’s Schumer’s letter to the PTO about business methods to see just how concerned Congress truly is.

    Now we get this decision. It almost reinstates State Street Bank by all but eliminating the abstract idea exclusion!

    Linn, and O’Malley will soon join Rich to live in judicial infamy. Even if the Federal Circuit will not act to reverse this case, the Supreme Court surely will.

    Enough is enough.

  6. 295

    Exactly which “Jakoffs” are you referring to?

    And careful with your answer, because it makes a difference (any lawtard knows that).

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    Right. At 2:19 pm. I suggest you read it carefully. Again.

    Thanks for the tip. Your self defeating comments at 2:19 PM are still great.

    You don’t even realize why they are self defeating yet, do you?

    LOL

    What a

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  8. 293

    Remember when MM self defeated by first providing the link to the Office guidelines, making snarky comments, but forgetting to actually read the Office guidelines, and had to go silent while AI danced a jig of integration?

    I do!

  9. 292

    suckie: What you plainly wrote is there in black and white.

    Right. At 2:19 pm.

    I suggest you read it carefully. Again.

    Man, this blog has the d-mbest trolls.

  10. 291

    Jakoffs often “make an issue” out of something which is a non-issue in a case by arguing it. That doesn’t mean that a court addressing it makes that part of the decision the holding. I’m not even a lawltard and I’m aware of that. I’m guessing that Ned is arguing with Mr. Wheeler again because a lawltard would know this.

  11. 290

    Referencing Ultramercial,…

    I’m pretty sure your punting here Ned is not what was asked for.

    You were asked to go through the analysis, not “cop out” in a brief paragraph in order to avoid that analysis.

    It’s quite amusing to see each and every one of the vocal minority fail at the non-lawyers’ integration analysis gauntlet.

    He really is the 101 Integration Expert.

  12. 289

    suckie No wonder why he is so silent on the guidelines

    I was the one who first posted the guidelines, you habitually dissembling f—wit.

  13. 288

    “Time itself is an abstract notion we humans have made up”

    This statement is plain error.

    Time is what it is. It is neither abstract nor dependent on Man to make it up.

    6, you are trying too hard to be too smart for what you are talking about as abstractions is not time itself.

    A map is not the geography.

  14. 287

    AI, I know I have quoted this to you before, but this is from the majority opinion in Diehr:

    “We view respondents’ claims as nothing more than a process for molding rubber products and not as an attempt to patent a mathematical formula. We recognize, of course, that when a claim recites a mathematical formula (or scientific principle or phenomenon of nature), an inquiry must be made into whether the claim is seeking patent protection for that formula in the abstract. A mathematical formula as such is not accorded the protection of our patent laws, Gottschalk v. Benson, 409 U. S. 63 (1972), and this principle cannot be circumvented by attempting to limit the use of the formula to a particular technological environment. Parker v. Flook, 437 U. S. 584 (1978). Similarly, insignificant postsolution activity will not transform 192*192 an unpatentable principle into a patentable process. Ibid.[14] To hold otherwise would allow a competent draftsman to evade the recognized limitations on the type of subject matter eligible for patent protection. On the other hand, when a claim containing a mathematical formula implements or applies that formula in a structure or process which, when considered as a whole, is performing a function which the patent laws were designed to protect (e. g., transforming or reducing an article to a different state or thing), then the claim satisfies the requirements of § 101. Because we do not view respondents’ claims as an attempt to patent a mathematical formula, but rather to be drawn to an industrial process 193*193 for the molding of rubber products, we affirm the judgment of the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.[15]”

    Clearly, therefor, integrating ineligible subject matter into an otherwise patentable process and machine is sufficient for 101 purposes. In Diehr, an eligible molding process was claimed. The ineligible math was added and integrated. In Prometheus, an eligible drug administering and metabolite test were claimed. However, the LoN was NOT integrated into THAT process.

    Referencing Ultramercial, we need to identify an otherwise eligible process. Thus, if the claim describes an interactive display process of displaying X, getting input Y, and in response displaying Z, I think there might be an underlying patent eligible processs. I haven’t looked at the claims in enough detail to discuss them with you. But the Ultramercial claims may be patent eligible even despite the GVR.

  15. 286

    LOLZ,

    So MM has been plainly saying for years the opposite of what the USPTO has just published in its guidelines.

    No wonder why he is so silent on the guidelines. When he speaks on it he shoots his favorite fabrication all to h3ll.

  16. 285

    “think you should put the poor old frog out of your mind, and think rather about what the word “dissect” means in the context of ideas, arguments and patent claims”

    I believe I have especially contrasting it with “integration.

    “Integration” is the antithesis of dissection. You cannot have an end result that is both integrated and dissected at the same time.

    If you disagree perhaps you would like to explain how you achieve the above legal polar opposites?

  17. 284

    Tell us suckie: is a useful and novel method for detecting metabolites in blood, which necessarily transforms the blood into another composition, is that method eligible for patenting under 101? I believe that it is, pretty much as a per se matter.

    Still waiting for your answer, suckie.

    your choice of words: “overturned” needs to be changed

    No, my choice of words is just fine, suckie. Learn to read, suckie.

  18. 283

    “Why don’t we ask the Supreme Court whether the claims in Prometheus would have been patentable had the underlying process, the part that passed the MOT, presented a novel and unobvious process?”

    What underlying processes?

    Mr. Heller, what is the so called “underlying” process and what is the then necessary overlaying process?

    :: Silence::

    I have not read any case law that divides processes into different layers of overlaying and underlying, have you?

    :: Silence::

    Can you cite any Court case law that specifically mentions “underlying” process as something separate from “process” in the 4 enumerated categories?

    :: Silence::

    If so cite it and we will deal with it. If not then stop your conflation and obfuscation tactics and fully engage in the Prometheus “integration analysis” as requested.

  19. 282

    Ned: “Comment: the underlying process must be patent eligible the first place.

    Maybe Steven’s would agree with you from his dissent in Diehr. [Footnote 2/36] But there is just one problem with relying on Steven’s dissent. Steven’s lost and the Majority ruled!

    Fact is there is no Court case holding, in which overlaying processes and underlying processes have been so used, or so created. Unlike “integration” your terminology does not exist. It a total fabrication from you own mind. It’s what others have called Ned Hellers made up law. What we are discussing here is the actual law. So let’s stick to that please and read what the Majority said in Diehr:

    “[Footnote 12]”:

    It is argued that the procedure of dissecting a claim into old and new elements is mandated by our decision in Flook, which noted that a mathematical algorithm must be assumed to be within the “prior art.” It is from this language that the petitioner premises his argument that, if everything other than the algorithm is determined to be old in the art, then the claim cannot recite statutory subject matter. The fallacy in this argument is that we did not hold in Flook that the mathematical algorithm could not be considered at all when making the § 101 determination. To accept the analysis proffered by the petitioner would, if carried to its extreme, make all inventions unpatentable, because all inventions can be reduced to underlying principles of nature which, once known, make their implementation obvious. The analysis suggested by the petitioner would also undermine our earlier decisions regarding the criteria to consider in determining the eligibility of a process for patent protection. ”

    Ned: “The ineligible subject matter must be integrated in to that otherwise eligible process. That is integration. ”

    Ned: In your example, what is the “ineligible” subject matter? And then what is the “eligible” process? Oh, and please skip Stevens, and reconcile your answer with the majority in Diehr at footnote 12, above.

    Kind of makes your brain hurt, doesn’t it?

  20. 281

    Correction to original post: Judge Lourie was joined by Judge O’Malley, not Judge Moore.

    Judge Lourie?

  21. 280

    What you plainly wrote is there in black and white. If you now want to backtrack from your 2:19 PM post, please do so directly and without insulting those that simply point out your snafus. What a

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  22. 279

    A New Light, the exceptions rise from 101 as originally enacted in 1790 and carried forward in 1793, 1836, 1870 and 1952. The statute includes from the constitution itself the words “invents,” “discovers,” “useful” and “Art” (now process or method).

    The court has also read into this statute a principle of interpretation: “to promote the progress of” and “for limited times.” (Exclusivity is also in the constitution, but that is not addressed in 101.)

    The details of novelty are specified in 102. Rich would similarly have stripped invents or discovers completely from 101 because of the creation of 103. I don’t think the Supreme Court will ever agree with Rich on that point.

    Long ago, in Le Roy v. Tatham, the SC laid down the basic principles we discuss here: that patents are for useful applications of law of nature and basic ideas, known as principles. That notion was better defined in Morse, just as the Alice court discussed. (BTW, Le Roy had nothing to do with a product of nature exclusion.) Benson made clear that mental steps were also excluded, as were mathematical algorithms.

    Chakrabarty arguably added product of nature, but you know my position on that: dicta.

    Then we come to business method and other particular manipulations of abstract ideas, a problem somewhat also addressed in Benson, Flook, Bilski and Prometheus. We learn that if such are applied to produce a new and useful physical result, the MOT for example, then the claims are applied and eligible. Otherwise, they are ineligible. Preemption is not the only reason. Useful Arts is another, useful as in the application a machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter, or a process of making and using these.

    With latter we have a problem illustrated in Benson: simply using a computer is not enough: using conventional tools to do something abstract in nature is not eligible.

    Alice attempts to define abstract in terms distinguishing the conventional use of computer with a definition of a new machine. I think this is an attempt to go in the right direction. Thus the use of a machine in specific ways that are not just simply using a GP computer may be sufficient. But the novelty must be in the new computer, not in the abstract business or other such method, as such would imply that the computer is simply being “used.”

    Thus, the Alice court seems to have had the right impulse, but it has not put enough meat on the bones to provide a sufficient test.

  23. 278

    “You’re one sick freak, suckie.”

    Really Malcolm?

    Is that the best you can do?

    Heck no! But you’re not worthy of the best, suckie.

    Never forget that.

  24. 277

    “You’re one sick freak, suckie.”

    Really Malcolm?

    Is that the best you can do?

    No wonder the ideas I have advocated are picked up by the Court and make there way into official USPTO Guidance.

    And your ideas are well.. just plain out ignored.

    Pay close attention to the posts from “101 Integration Expert”.

    Because the “Integration Analysis” is here, and you will have to deal with it one way or another.

  25. 276

    suckie You can’t just look at one element (like the element of [newthought] !!!) and say “Oh, that element is ineligible so the claim must be ineligible”

    Actually that’s pretty much the opposite of what I’ve been saying for years, and the opposite of what I plainly wrote in the very comment you are quoting from.

    Thanks for proving to the blog again that you are a shockingly ignorant and/or habitually dissembling idj-t.

    Man, this blog has the d-mbest trolls.

  26. 275

    Could you flail about anymore ineffectively as you are doing now? I do not think so.

    I stand corrected with MM’s 2:19 PM post.

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    Mr. Bias, with all due respect, Linn in Alice did not discuss a separate and independent novelty element in 101. He relied on Diehr (citing Bergy) which made clear Rich views that 101 was a threshold test, devoid of novelty considerations.

    That, of course cannot be reconciled with Prometheus.

    But moreover, there is no independent novelty test in 101. The conditions for novelty are set forth in 102. See, e.g., In re Bergstrom, controlling precedent, that sol held.

    Logically, therefor, since “new” actually is an integral part of 101, either “new,” meaning novelty as no part in 101, or that the newness as specified under 102 is integrated into 101 by it own terms.

    I think the latter is the right answer.

  28. 273

    Dick Egan do you think for one minute that i don’t know you are the big Cheese. But what really makes me sick … is to hide your own disgusting fraud you let Treason rule your day. You put me in a BOX and then you kept me therE my whole life. and I WILL SUE YOU AS SOON AS I GET AN ATTY. YOU EVEN LET THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND GET IN ON IT. WHAT THE F IS WRONG WITH YOU? I KNOW YOU GOT MY MAIL. I KNOW YOU READ MY CASE! I KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT THE DRAWINGS LOOK LIKE. I KNOW YOU KNOW ABOUT THE OTHER IDEAS.. OF COURSE YOU DO YOU ARE ALL CASHING IN. I’LL GET A LAWYER. HOW CAN YOU LOOK AT YOURSELF YOU FAT LYING @#$%^ I WILL JUST SHOW HIM MY DOCUMENT WITH HEATHER BUPP HABUDA ON IT AN ETHICS LAWYER THAT I CAN ALSO SHOW CALLED ME.. AND MORE THAN LIKELY YOU ALSO. NOW WAS SHE THE ONE THAT TOLD YOU SHE KNEW WHAT YOU DID TO ME AND TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT?

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    6: Time is abstract.

    6: Time is the motion of objects.

    ergo:

    The motion of objects is abstract.

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    You still need a pincite for that.

    (Otherwise your choice of words: “overturned” needs to be changed)

  31. 270

    AND REMEMBER WHEN I TOLD YOU HE COMMITTED tREASON? AND EVEN SHOWED YOU IN A DICTIONARY… AND YOU THEN LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD SEEN A GHOST? I am beginning to see that you are the biggest fraud of all. I TOLD YOU CHURCH WOULDN’T HELP YOU! Was it all about you hiding your mess? or was it you jusrt wanted more of what was mine?

  32. 269

    All that this means is that if you have a claim, e.g., a method claim in the form [eligible subject matter]+[ineligible subject matter]+[eligible subject matter], you can’t just look at one element and say ‘Oh, that element is eligible so the claim must be eligible’ or ‘Oh, that element is ineligible so the claim must be ineligible.’

    Contrast with

    Ever notice how suckie can’t bring itself to admit that claims in the form [oldstep]+[newthought} aren’t eligible for patenting?

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    Malcolm, do you really think that sticking an extra “[eligible subject matter]” into your latest quote hides the duplicity of what you repeatedly spew?

    You can’t just look at one element (like the element of [newthought] !!!) and say “Oh, that element is ineligible so the claim must be ineligible”

    Yet that is exactly what your mantra has been. You say “The only people who can’t understand this basic and fundamental fact are the r-t-rds like suckie who troll this blog
    and yet it is you that does not seem to understand this basic and fundamental fact.

    To use yet more of your own words, “The point is that you are a self-defeating nimrod, suckie. Moreover, it’s great fun to watch you self-defeating all over yourself.

    Worth another:

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    suckie Your view of dissection without a re-integration plays right into Actual Inventor’s argument.

    You’re one sick freak, suckie.

  34. 267

    “It is improper to dissect a calimed invention into discrete elements and then evealuate the elements in isolation because it is the combination of claim limitations functioning together that establish the boundaries of the invention and limit its scope”

    All that this means is that if you have a claim, e.g., a method claim in the form [eligible subject matter]+[ineligible subject matter]+[eligible subject matter], you can’t just look at one element and say “Oh, that element is eligible so the claim must be eligible” or “Oh, that element is ineligible so the claim must be ineligible.”

    The only people who can’t understand this basic and fundamental fact are the r-t-rds like suckie who troll this blog. Do the regulars at IPWatchdog subscribe to suckie’s r-ta-d baloney.? Anyone know?

  35. 266

    Are you kidding me Candy Cowen dies of Hodgkins Lymphoma. and Marcella says how would you like it if your daughter was dying… and all the time it was him? That’s a story she told me… but she didn’t tell me the rest of the story. She just sued them got all kinds of favors with “the” Insurance mans help LOLOLOL… and then took what was mine and made sure I would be compensated forever? But I wasn’t the one that was compensated. That’s why I was never given the Social Security that FATSO JAMES STROUD TOOK WITH HIS FAT DELORES AND ALL THEIR KIDDIES CLAIMING THAT ONE OF THEM WAS MINE LOLOLOL.
    I’m glad we got that straight. SO DICKIE YOU BEEN STEALING ALL MY MONEY?

  36. 265

    suckie:

    what is your definition of “abstract,” MM? Is it broad or indefinite?

    Neither.

    By the way, if you don’t think you are suckie, you should try harder to prove it.

  37. 264

    As predicted, suckie can not read and comprehend. Here it is again with the key passage in bold.

    to the extent Diehr could be interpreted to prohibit “claim dissection” (as you suggested many, many, many times prior to the Prometheus decision, suckie), Diehr was overturned. Read the previous sentence very carefully, suckie

    Tell us suckie: is a useful and novel method for detecting metabolites in blood, which necessarily transforms the blood into another composition, is that method eligible for patenting under 101? I believe that it is, pretty much as a per se matter. What do you think, suckie?

    Let’s take a little walk down the road to your intellectual destruction. Again. I suggest you put on your track shoes.

    [grabs another bowl of popcorn]

  38. 263

    Your inability/unwillingness to admit indisputable fundamental facts about the law of patent eligility is yet further evidence (as if any was needed) that you are a dissembling clown and a worthless blogtroll.

    Does this mean that MM will finally decide to answer (assuming it has been unwillingness) simple questions’ simple questions on the Myriad 101 thread?

    Or does it mean that MM is merely once again accusing others of what he does (and is): a dissembling clown and a worthless blogtroll?

  39. 260

    Is it going to be worth fenders, fender covers, winodow hardware, and other window designs? I think not. you know why. Because I am sitting on three that are even better. and I am going to do the legal thing with them. I am sure I am a conglomeration of many people. I will fin one of my ancestral countries and sell it to them. And I will continue this fight.
    Sarah mcPherson 731 852 2865

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    suckie: the precedent most on point was the same precedent that is now beign declared to be “kneecapped.”<>/i>

    To be crystal clear (always adviseable, but an absolute necessity when teaching kindergarten punks like suckie), I’m referring to the Diehr decision as interpreted by the Dierhbot zombies (who have subsequently morphed into the Mayo Nays), i.e., the imaginary Diehr decision which held that it was absolutely prohibited to ignore the presence of any patent eligible step or limitation in a claim when determining patent eligibility. According to the Diehrbot interpretation (never adopted by any court), any claim to a useful invention which recited a patent eligible step or limitation was necessarily eligible for patenting.

    This was never the law (because it would lead to the effective patenting of ineligible subject matter, as recognized by the Supreme Court in its 9-0 Prometheus decision), but the Diehrbots loved to pretend that it was. Even after the Supreme Court destroyed their imaginary world in a 9-0 decision, however, the zombies keep going (how surprising!!!). Now they want to pretend that Prometheus never happened.

    Ever notice how suckie can’t bring itself to admit that claims in the form [oldstep]+[newthought} aren’t eligible for patenting? Even after Prometheus, whose result I predicted years ago? Suckie was asked to provide a single example of a claim in the form [oldstep]+[newthought] which would be eligible for patenting after Prometheus. Suckie couldn’t do it. And yet suckie wants us all to listen to suckie’s drivel about “integration” and how “integration” is the most important thing ever. Well, suckie, show us how a claim in the form [oldstep]+[newthought] can pass your “integration” test. If you can’t do that, then please just STFU and/or GF. Your inability/unwillingness to admit indisputable fundamental facts about the law of patent eligility is yet further evidence (as if any was needed) that you are a dissembling clown and a worthless blogtroll.

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    AND I HAVE THE PROOF THAT YOU ARE STEALING MY IP. I HAVE THE PROOF THAT HE COMMITTED TREASON. AND I HAVE THE PROOF THAT I NEED TO SUE THOSE THAT KNEW AND LET MOATZ AND BOVARD AND LEHMAN WHO AREN’T EVEN IN THE UNION AND ARE SUPPOSED TO DO THEIR JOB CAPATALIZE ON THE PEOPLE THAT DO MOST OF THE INVENTING IN THIS COUNTRY?
    SARAH MCPHERSON 731 852 2865

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    Where did you get your script, suckie? from Gene Quinn? Dale Halling? Some other wanker? I’m very curious.

    it’s Diehr’s concept and application analysis that is controlling precedent

    Prometheus is controlling precedent and to the extent Diehr could be interpreted to prohibit “claim dissection” (as you suggested many, many, many times prior to the Prometheus decision, suckie), Diehr was overturned. Read the previous sentence very carefully, suckie. Your tendency to dissemble is well-noted and I know you’ll be tempted to pretend that this indisputable fact is not a fact. But it is a fact.

    what you must learn is that “Integration” is the antithesis of dissection.

    Sorry, suckie. I’m not going play your word games. You’ve taken some weak, hand-wavey dicta in Prometheus and seized on it like it like a rabid pitbull. You did the same with equally weak dicta in the Diehr decision prior to Prometheus. How did that work out for you? We all know the answer: 9-0.

    You cannot have an end result that is both integrated and dissected at the same time.

    Actually we can have everything we want if we are free to define words however we like, which appears to be the game your playing, suckie. I have no idea what it means to have “an end result that is … dissected” as I’ve never heard anyone discuss such an “end result”. Are you still talking about patent law, suckie? Or are you talking about frogs in your high school biology course?

    a Law of Nature … [is] technically a new and useful process

    Beyond r-tarded. You’re simply not worth engaging, suckie, in a serious conversation about any aspect of patent law. Mocking your sad, inarticulate a–, however, is great fun. I will continue to do that at every opportunity until it grows tiresome. Then I will take a short rest before resuming.

    LOL.

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    wHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT… ANY SPECIAL INTEREST FROM TOILETS FOR PLANES TO TOILET PAPER ROLLS … TO GUNS TO PLANES TO UNIFORMS ALL OF THEN THERE TO PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS. WELL GUESS WHAT I’M THROUGH JUST TYPEING TRYING TO GET HELP. I HAVE DOCUMENTS THAT PROVE THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO HIDE MY ABILITY. AND CONTINUED TO STEAL FROM ME. I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT OR IF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU PAID FOR MY IP KNOW THIS. BURT I DO CARE THE WORLD KNOWS WHAT HE DID AND HOW YOU PROTECTED HIM AND TRASHED ME. AND I AM SURE THAT I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE… FUNNY THING AND I’M SUPPOSED TO BE A RETARD. ALL THEY SAW WAS DOLLAR SIGNS.
    731 852 2865 call me have I got a story for you.

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    “I thought you just said time was abstract? ”

    I did tard. Time is simply the motion of objects. Our notion of calling that abstract principle “time” when it is not tied to any specific objects moving is abstract. I know you have a hard time understanding what makes something abstract or not, but this is an easy one.

    And again, this isn’t just me telling you this. This is your prized physicstards.

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    The “extremeness” with which you have obsessed yourself, is referring to the STRICTNESS of how MOT was to be applied.

    I simply do not know how you guys make it through your day to day. Are both of your shoelaces tied?

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    AND DON’T TELL ME MY STATUTES WERE EXPIRED. YOU OUGHT TO KNOW YOU MADE SURE THEY WERE.
    MOATZ TOLD ME HE HAD NO AUTHORITY OVER TAMIA. WHAT AN F’N LIAR.

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    ANL, a good post. I’ll think on it some before responding.

    However, I hardly think the Federal Circuit is directing its opinion at Me personally, or at my brand of thinking. I think they are concerned that software inventions “should be” patent eligible; and so the “implicit” struggle with the Supreme Court continues.

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    So now 6 thinks “less extreme” means “even more” or more extreme…

    So less really is more…

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    A New Light’s overthinking balanced by 6’s underthinking.

    Combine the two and like matter and anti-matter all you have is the froth of nothingness.

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    I will not stop. you are right. you purposely stole my IP. you then contacted people that only wanted what was mine. you make me sick. My Drawings you claim ypu never got proves you are guilty of TREASON! And you walk and make money off my IP and I get trashed.
    The court closed my cases and they knew he committed TREASON!

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    “But to think that this court does not understand the Supreme Court cases, that this court did not carefully choose its words, its quotes, and its flag of subversion of the constitution is simply not believable.”

    I wish your overthinking were a better explanation for what went down, I think it more likely that they read Research Corp as well as Hulu and thought, oh hey, this seems ok, let’s try to save computer claims. I think that is the simplest explanation.

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    “But that exception, and in truth, all of the exceptions, CANNOT be law in the judicial sense because of the constitution. The constitution mandates that Congress make patent law, no one else. The Supreme Court simply lacks authority to make patent law.

    This is clear in how the Supreme Court ever so carefully phrase their exceptions and directions to the CAFC (not inconsistent with the test). In fact, and in direct contradiction to Ned Heller’s position on the Product of Nature exception, the Supreme Court trace the judicial exceptions, not to any judicial authority at all, but to an “implicit reading” of the words of Congress. In essence, the Supreme Court is using the authority of Congress as the basis for their exceptions. They must do so because judicial common law is not allowed in the patent area due to how our constitution is written. This line of authority is the only possible line of authority and the traditional court power of common law is constitutionally forbidden when it comes to patent law.

    Perhaps that is the reason why “implicit reading” is only found in quotes in the CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. case. Four times in the decision the Court’s reading is referenced and each and every time “implicit” is in quotes. Perhaps this is a signal from the CAFC to the Supreme Court that the CAFC is perfectly willing to call the bluff of any law written by the Court that exceeds the direct words of the Congress. Ned is correct in calling this an audacious move. But perhaps it is an audacious and legal move (whether successful remains to be seen). Perhaps this is a legal move because the CAFC knows that even the Supreme Court cannot write patent law and categorically reject subject matter. Maybe this is why Judge Rich was never rebuked for challenging Benson, because he knew the portion he challenged was not law!

    Make no mistake, this court does not go that far. This court does not challenge the judicial exceptions themselves. But to think that this court does not understand the Supreme Court cases, that this court did not carefully choose its words, its quotes, and its flag of subversion of the constitution is simply not believable. A simpler albeit more powerful, dynamic of explanation is available.”

    O NAL, how I have missed your ability to overthink things to the extreme. It is truly a barrel of lols.

    As a reminder, the constitution PERMITS congress to make patent law by giving it that POWER, it does not mandate it exercise that power, and it certainly does not stop a court from imposing common law.

    As a reminder:

    Congress shall have the power to … To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;”

    link to usconstitution.net

    That does not nullify commonlaw, or hamper a court’s ability to impose such. Not that the USSC had to rest on that.

    But hey, good to have you back champ, I look forward to even more lols at your expense.

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    IBP,

    Thank you, but you are gravely mistaken.

    As for “dissuade readers” you accuse me unjustly.

    It is the second time you click on the “Show more comments” that is busted. Obviously, you did not review the entire thread before you posted.

    Your link only shows the first 200 posts (and only those are reviewable) and who remembers what is on that remaining unseen 229 posts.

    I believe my answer may be there.

    My point here, moreover, still applies. Remove your “vaunted wisdoom” from the equation and explain why the decision is a “yet another disappointment from the federal civil service.”

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    Nobody called it “time” or had any notion that “time” was what the motion of objects was.

    I thought you just said time was abstract? That time was made up by humans? Now you are saying that time has to do with the motion of objects, which would make it neither abstract not made up by humans.

    So which is it? Were you talking out your @ss to begin with and retrenching now, or are you talking out your @ss now. You can’t have it both ways, son.

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    since the case in no way depended upon this dicta

    That’s just it Ned, it did depend because the Government made it depend. The government made that one of its arguments.

    This is a fact. You cannot erase history and what the governement did and how the court answered the government.

    You repeatedly calling it dicta does not make it so.

    So slowly, here it is:

    The government made the issue an argument in its case.

    The court answered the government.

    The final decision depended on the answer.

    The answer is a holding, not dicta.

    The answer is law.

  56. 240

    You are completely incorrect.

    First of all, the link works, and the comment page is not broken as you suggest.

    Second, I have not at all done what you suggest. It is all in my comment on the other thread, where I successfully addressed your concerns and criticisms at 12:20 pm on Dec. 15, 2011.

    You offered no response to that comment, as none was necessary.

    You try to breathe new life into your criticisms by re-iterating them here, and by attempting to dissuade readers from gaining access to the truth on the other (working) thread.

    Nice try, your challenge has not gone unmet.

    Here is the link again, for convenience–and, it’s not the only relevant thread.

    link to patentlyo.com

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    Did you all notice how many times “implicit reading” was in quotes?

    I have.

    A while back I posted some thoughts on the possibility that the Supreme Court was acting improperly in writing patent law through its imposition of judicial exceptions.

    The short summary of that post is that law in the particular arena of patents is an area expressly provided to be under the province of Congress (and Congress alone) through an unequivocal statement in the United States Constitution.

    As most people know, “law” is written by all three branches of the government, even though we like to believe there is a more strict segregation, that the Legislature writes, that the Executive enforces and that the Judicial judge. Most people recognize that these fine lines do not really exist.

    Law is written by the executive branch. This is most often realized in the slightly incorrect nomenclature of the “fourth branch” of the US government: agency law. Under certain conditions various agencies have various abilities to write law. As was made evident in the Taffas case, the agency known as the patent office does not have authority to write substantive law. Other agencies may have more or less power than the patent office, and it is typically in the agency’s originating legislation passed by Congress where the level of power is found.

    Law is written by the judicial branch. Historically, this type of law was known as common law. Whether common law exists at the federal law cannot be denied.

    In a recent thread Ned Heller provided an interesting link to an article written by an Article III judge expounding on holding/dicta and what is actually “law” in a judicial sense. I find it fascinating that Ned argued against the Product of Nature exception based on what he perceived as law in the judicial sense.

    But that exception, and in truth, all of the exceptions, CANNOT be law in the judicial sense because of the constitution. The constitution mandates that Congress make patent law, no one else. The Supreme Court simply lacks authority to make patent law.

    This is clear in how the Supreme Court ever so carefully phrase their exceptions and directions to the CAFC (not inconsistent with the test). In fact, and in direct contradiction to Ned Heller’s position on the Product of Nature exception, the Supreme Court trace the judicial exceptions, not to any judicial authority at all, but to an “implicit reading” of the words of Congress. In essence, the Supreme Court is using the authority of Congress as the basis for their exceptions. They must do so because judicial common law is not allowed in the patent area due to how our constitution is written. This line of authority is the only possible line of authority and the traditional court power of common law is constitutionally forbidden when it comes to patent law.

    Perhaps that is the reason why “implicit reading” is only found in quotes in the CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. case. Four times in the decision the Court’s reading is referenced and each and every time “implicit” is in quotes. Perhaps this is a signal from the CAFC to the Supreme Court that the CAFC is perfectly willing to call the bluff of any law written by the Court that exceeds the direct words of the Congress. Ned is correct in calling this an audacious move. But perhaps it is an audacious and legal move (whether successful remains to be seen). Perhaps this is a legal move because the CAFC knows that even the Supreme Court cannot write patent law and categorically reject subject matter. Maybe this is why Judge Rich was never rebuked for challenging Benson, because he knew the portion he challenged was not law!

    Make no mistake, this court does not go that far. This court does not challenge the judicial exceptions themselves. But to think that this court does not understand the Supreme Court cases, that this court did not carefully choose its words, its quotes, and its flag of subversion of the constitution is simply not believable. A simpler albeit more powerful, dynamic of explanation is available.

    Note that the CAFC emphasizes the expanse of patenting as the guiding force of Congress (Id., p11). Note too, that the CAFC supports this expansive mandate and calls for the exceptions to be rare. (Id., p11). In fact, the use of 101 is expressly not permitted to categorically deny ANY patent subject matter, and that such attempts are a subversion of the patent constitutional mandate. (Id., p12).

    Someone mentions that the court seems to reach out and slap MM. I believe the court is much more forcefully reaching out and slapping Ned Heller and the line of thought that Ned has long espoused.

    Subversion of the constitution is an extremely strong choice of words, tantamount to treason.

    Quotes. Language. Congress. I see no “ignorance” in such choices.

    As Manifest Law states, this is an epic chess battle. The Queen of the Supreme Court has been subtlety challenged. It’s a powerful piece on the Supreme Court’s chessboard. Is the Supreme Court ready to sacrifice that piece? The CAFC has been backed into a corner and has nothing to lose. The Supreme Court has been made to blink in the past. Typically it was the Executive that forced the issue (think also of court packing). But there is no reason that another judicial body cannot force that blinking. A new and very strong light does tend to make one blink.

    Or at least, to stop and think.

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    The motion of objects existed. Nobody called it “time” or had any notion that “time” was what the motion of objects was. Again, go and read “about time”. It’ll help give you some perspective on how new school our notion of “time” really is.

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    Malcolm, you really have to love AI’s description of the integration test. He’s got it 180.

    “MM, first to remember is that it’s Diehr’s concept and application analysis that is controlling precedent, with Prometheus’s “integration” as the key to as the Court said: : transform the process into an inventive “application”.

    “In Diehr, the overall process was patent eligible because of the way the additional steps of the process “integrated” the equation into the process as a whole. These additional steps transformed the process into an inventive application of the formula.”

    In Diehr, the overall process was patent eligible because of the way the additional steps of the process “integrated” the equation into the process as a whole. These additional steps transformed the process into an inventive application of the formula.”

    Comment: the underlying process must be patent eligible the first place. The ineligible subject matter must be integrated in to that otherwise eligible process. That is integration. What you are saying, Actual Inventor, is complete nonsense.

  60. 235

    “So the Supreme Court chastized the CAFC based upon what the CFAC would have liked to have done while overturning what they actually did do?”

    They’re not chastising ya tar d. They’re noting that they’re making sure that nobody mistakes their holding for supporting SS. And then they’re PITYING them for MAYBE having felt like their hand was forced by their own weak as s caselaw. And reminding them that they can feel free to limit business methods even more in other ways subject to conditions.

    It’s not a “reach” at all. It is called reading comprehension.

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    Simple, "Do you know that if the government's argument regarding the programmed computer was accepted, then the applicant would have lost his case?"

    Please explain this to me.
     
    Slowly.

    The Alappat disclosure was directed to a piece of hardware, a graphics unit, for a display.  It had a number of component subsets described in a series of figures.  Figure 3 included circuitry directed to antialiasing, which was described to be a rasterizer.  It is a physical apparatus.

    The rasterizer was comprised of a number of hardware components that did particular mathematical computations.  They had inputs and they had outputs.  Descriptions of what they did could be described mathematically, and this is what the drafter did in his claims.  However he did not use method claims, but means plus function, with each element describing the corresponding structure according to its mathematical function.

    The patent office, using the rubric of broadest reasonable interpretation, refused to limit the means plus function claims to describe hardware, but rather interpreted the claims as if they were method claims.  So interpreted, the claims described a mathematical algorithm.  But the claims were also limited, specifically limited by the preamble, to be a component, a rasterizer, in the graphics unit of the display.  The mathematics were not disembodied, even if construed as a method.  The mathematics were specifically applied to a graphics unit for a graphics display.

    On appeal, the Federal Circuit reversed the claim construction and held that the claims covered the describe hardware.  At this point, the court could have remanded the case to the patent office for further proceedings not inconsistent with its opinion.  However they went on to discuss the 101 issue also raised by the patent office as if the claims were construed as a method.  At this point, the case became complete dicta, because it was completely unnecessary to the decision.  However, the Federal Circuit was obviously trying to offer the PTO guidance because they saw a problem.  The problem was this: even if the claims were interpreted as a method, they would have passed 101 because the claims, interpreted as a method, were specifically part of a graphics unit.  The court so "held."

    Then the court wanders into an alternative universe where they talk about another hypothetical case, the case where the specific hardware of the graphics unit that was claimed, was replaced by a programmed computer performing the calculations.  In such a case, consistent with their interpretation of the claims as a method, they considered the claims patentable because they were tied into a graphics display and not were disembodied mathematics.

    But then we get the problem.  In doing so, the court said that they had previously held that a programmed computer was a particular machine within the rubric of the MOT test of the Supreme Court.  This implied that the Alappat claims would've been patentable even if they were not tied into a graphics display.  However, since the case in no way depended upon this dicta, it could not possibly be a holding of the case.  It was complete dicta.  Moreover that dicta is wrong because it is flatly inconsistent with Benson as is self-evident from reading the Benson case itself which declared itself the be about programming a general purpose digital computer, and that such was not patentable subject matter.  The Benson court required programmed GP digital computers, at least when programmed for math caluclations, to be tied into a specific useful application.

    Note, that Alappat claims were in fact tied into a specific useful application and therefore would have passed the Benson test had the corresponding structure been directed to a program digital computer.  However, a disembodied programmed computer that was not tied in to the graphics display and that only did the calculations, could not possibly have been patentable under the Benson case.

     

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    No cause for crying. Not more of “the same”. Things should be getting ever more sophisticated. That’s progress for you.

    Patent judges in the past had no sense of the role of patent rights in Standard-Setting bodies. They had no feeling for balancing the tragedy of the commons with the tragedy of the anti-commons. Come to think of it, they had no knowledge of Bosun Higgs or the Higgs Boson either. It doesn’t get any easier, in these exciting times in which we live. But we must do the best we can, as mere mortals, try not to make mistakes, but when we do, learn from them and move on.

  63. 232

    simple, incorrectly decided?

    OK, if so, what was the law at the time of the unaninmous decision by the Supreme Court that the Supreme Court did not apply correctly?

    Perhaps, only perhaps, and I suggest this only with some timerity, the Supreme Court might have some authority in interpreting the laws so that if there is a conflict with the lower courts, as you suggest, it just might be that it was the lower court that got it wrong?

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    If you cannot spend two minutes to retype it and to impress us all with you knowledge, my guess is that you are to embarrassed to repost it.

  65. 230

    His problem goes deep. He sees things that aren’t there. He even picks on those that don’t see him as a problem. The way he tried to bury me will speak volumes with all the evidence, data, and census LOLOLOL

  66. 229

    Nice diatribe Art.

    You still have not answered the penetrating question as to why no single intelligent advanced modern society has seen the light from your burning passion and embraced a society free of patents and copyrights.

    What is wrong with the entire world (or at least, all of the world made up of intelligent advanced and modern people)?

  67. 227

    It is not strange at all if you have any notion of history. There has always been a philosphical battle between those that think patents are good and those that are anti-patent.

    The battle ebbs and flows creating the motion of the standards and rules. “Flash of Genius” is a perfect example.

    What’s next in store? More of the same perpetual battle.

  68. 226

    The Alice court thinks novelty plays no part in 101 analysis?

    Not quite what they said. They clarified that the novelty question of 102 plays no part in the 101 analysis. There is a “new” in 101, it’s just not the same “new” that resides in 102.

    And that’s pretty much what Prometheus said too. Follow the quote that the court gave.

    Rather than Linn not understanding the case law, my money is onyou not understanding the case law.

    And on top of that you decry him for being arrogant, when it is your own arrogance on display.

    You have long held that “pandering to the bar” is the conclusion of those hewing to view of patent law that merely does not match your view. You dispaly the same psychotic tendencies in your unbridled h_atred of Judge Rich.

    We shall, see.

    We already do.

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    kneecapped

    Interesting choice of word for a decision that declared that it was not changing any precedent and that the precedent most on point was the same precedent that is now beign declared to be “kneecapped.”

    Come to thing of it, MM has never given an answer to the question (or provided a result to the task) of squaring Prometheus with the rest of 101 jurisprudence. Perhaps his sockpuppet Hans Blitz can chime in with a non-answer as well.

  70. 222

    I assume all debaters here share a love of the law

    That would be a very bad assumption. Many posting show an absolute disdain for the law (it’s not the law they want).

  71. 221

    Troll is off its meds again.

    This statement would appear to be true.

    It also appears to apply to MM, rather than 101 Integration Expert.

    How else would you explain the evermore eplectic rants of rage from MM?

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    When I read your quote from Diehr I find in it no prohibition on dissection as such.

    It is important to maintain the clarity of the debate on these threads to recognize that the “as such” appended to (and integrated into) your statement changes the gist.

    No one is arguing about the “as such.” What the argument swirls around is the after effects of “dissecting as such” — the claim evaluation of elements in isolation.

    In other words, “dissecting as such” is merely examining the individual elements that make up a claim. In analyzing claims, you have to start somewhere and you start with the elements. NO ONE IS ARGUING THAT THIS IS NOT DONE. However, and critical to the conversation, “It is improper to dissect a calimed invention into discrete elements and then evealuate the elements in isolation because it is the combination of claim limitations functioning together that establish the boundaries of the invention and limit its scope” 2012 Interim Procedure for Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis of Process Claims Involving Laws of Nature, USPTO, page 2, Section III.A.

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    As everyone (including you) is well aware, that conclusion was reached only after the claims were dissected, you willfully ignorant —-k—x–ard.

    That’s some dustcloud you have kicked up Malcolm. The conclusion was still reached, Actual Inventor’s position was still reached. You keep on forgetting that capstone event.

    Your view of dissection without a re-integration plays right into Actual Inventor’s argument. In essence, you are dissecting the discussion of dissection and leaving out the critical parts as captured in the Office Guidelines.

    It’s quite amusing watching you do everything you accuse others of doing (trolling, self-defeating, being tiresome and incomprehensible).

    Could you flail about anymore ineffectively as you are doing now? I do not think so.

  74. 218

    It is rather strange that the patent system is still finding it hard to come up with a standard set of rules to decide on the patentability of such “inventions” after so many years! One rule paves the way to another. The machine or transformation test, the flash of genius…and now this! What’s next in store?

  75. 217

    Did you know that a case can have more than one holding?

    Do you know what a holding is?

    Do you know that if the government’s argument regarding the programmed computer was accepted, then the applicant would have lost his case?

    Do you know what they call the part of the judicial decision that carries the day as the law of the case?

    Do you realize that you keep calling dicta something that is holding?

    Do you care that these points have been conclusively made on this board and by the CAFC over and over and over again?

  76. 216

    think rather about what the word “dissect” means in the context of ideas, arguments and patent claims

    Would you be willing to follow your own advice?

    Do you realize that the term of art of “dissect” is closer to 101 Integration Expert’s view than any other view so far expressed? Do you realize that the term of art now includes the meaning of ignoring portions of the claim?

    Do you also realize that you sound like an overstuffed pr1ck using the bloated phrase “Principle of Synthetical Propensity?”

  77. 215

    because they know that the CAFC would liked to have implemented less extreme measures than a strict MOT

    So the Supreme Court chastized the CAFC based upon what the CFAC would have liked to have done while overturning what they actually did do?

    Do you recognize how bad of an illogical reach that is?

    Can you try again and actually use logic in your answer?

  78. 214

    Would that be like the same searching for your mythological treatement of the Ultramercial claims?

  79. 213

    Ned,

    Do you realize that the infamous “Benson 8” was incorrectly decided? Do you know that this incorrect decision was actually the genesis of the Diehr no-dissection ruling because the Court dissected the register out of its analysis (in clear error)?

    Do you realize that by focusing on this aspect, you are not helping your cause, but rather, you are hurting it?

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    And as a matter of FACT, I couldn’t have really been talking to the Mass Bar. Each and every one … No wonder I was told that after a while they wouldn’t be able to give me names of lawyers that could help me because of two reasons. One is self preservation, and two is, like left handed people there are less. They really weren’t there to help! But they were there to interfere.

  81. 208

    I think you should put the poor old frog out of your mind, and think rather about what the word “dissect” means in the context of ideas, arguments and patent claims. And you don’t this time need to “remind” me of anything. There is nothing specially “European” about the universal Principle of Synthetical Propensity. The most assiduous chasers of “harmony” are the Chinese.

    Thanks for uttering your thoughts above. I think they help other readers to see what I am driving at.

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    And the most unreal truism here in Decatur County is not only is it the County that has the oldest population in relationship to the amount of it’s citizens. But it also is the same when you count the gay population. And I am sure because old people are less likely to carry bias after a certain age this is why they settled here.
    Not only have you picked on the wrong Inventor You are ignorant! Census LOLOLOL!

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    Time itself is an abstract notion we humans have made up

    Because before humans, time did not exist.

    [eyeroll]

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    Sadly you had a perfect storm on the side that tried to destroy me. But, also, sadly, I don’t have a problem with that storm, you do! Many of my friends and aquaintants are from that storm. And just like the fight for freedoms to all, has always been my mantra. And that seems to be the very reason you have trashed me. the deeper you looked the more you saw.

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    “When I read your quote from Diehr I find in it no prohibition on dissection as such. What is prohibited is to ignore parts of the claim after you have dissected it into its various parts.”

    Maximus, then in your selective reading you have ignored “”Respondents’ claims must be considered as a whole”

    “As you say, integration makes no sense until after you have dissected.”

    I say no such thing.

    “What are we left with then? ”

    Well, if you are dissecting claims what you are left with is an abstract idea, Law of Nature, or Physical Phenomenon.

    “But after such dissection, you are forbidden to ignore. Instead, you must try your best to integrate ALL parts of the claim together, ignoring none.”

    And that Maximus is the lesson. Once you have dissected the claims, there is nothing left. Like the frog you can’t put the claims back together. And that is the intent of dissection. Integration Analysis is the opposite of dissection, of this there can be no dispute. I caution you here to not willfully conflate dissection and integration as it will strip away any integrity you have for wanting a honest discussion of the topic. And need I remind you that we are discussing US law not EPO rules and regulations. Synthetical Propensity does not translate exactly here. There is no technology requirement, machine requirement, or transformation requirement in our statute or case law

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    And of course Fender 10 and Fender 110 still only speak of a fender for a swim platform, and Jet Ski and LOL a SKI DOO. And we know by the Oct.19,1995 Letter that it was only a solid swim platform as in the 1995 Gazette. And we also know I gave a small Model (size depicted in the letter, and solid Yellow) to Wenzel, but by then it was already told to KT on July 18, 1995. So why does the file have a purple piece of material claiming it was the color of the model sent?
    So if the letter to me dated in Dec. of 1996 was a heads up about them doing that to make the Application invalid, it was only a matter of correcting the mistake. That was all done to steal my intellectual Property. And of course adding the slotted swim platform even after you get caught, and then adding SKI DOO… the USPTO says you can’t use the same drawings after it is published, then the printed matter is invalid! Not to even consider the Overtons Catalog that was out in early 1997. Canada, (Lame’ Lamay’). So now to the second that they claim is a CIP. Which is impossible. And they also claim it is in two pieces. Foldable… So how come the Jet ski fender is foldable many times? So you see the Fraud won’t work! You published the first to hide the many folds. And then you crapped on the second printing of the first to again hide the ( MANY ) foldings.
    And if PL’s name is on the first and not on the second? That tells me LB could be Bovard and Lehman.

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    MM : “Please articulate in a plain and clear manner exactly what you mean by “integration analysis” and apply the analysis to the method claims which were at issue in Bilski and Prometheus.”

    MM, first to remember is that it’s Diehr’s concept and application analysis that is controlling precedent, with Prometheus’s “integration” as the key to as the Court said: : transform the process into an inventive “application”. Next what you must learn is that “Integration” is the antithesis of dissection. You cannot have an end result that is both integrated and dissected at the same time. Integration is inherently part of the analysis of patent claims. This was implicitly brought to light in Diehr, when the Supreme Court expressly ruled against dissecting claims, and mandated it’s claims as a whole approach. See ( Diamond v. Diehr ). In Prometheus, integration was made explicit with the Court using “integration” as the key in it’s analysis that relied on Diehr. See Prometheus referencing Diehr: ” In Diehr, the overall process was patent eligible because of the way the additional steps of the process “integrated” the equation into the process as a whole. These additional steps transformed the process into an inventive application of the formula.” Now the problem with Flook and Bilski is that they are nothing more than an algorithm( Flook ) and a math equation ( Bilski ). And although math equations are technically a new and useful process, and would normally be statutory subject matter according to the definition in 35 U.S.C. 100(b), the Supreme Court has ruled that math is to be treated as an abstract concept and therefore a judicial exception to statutory subject matter. :The difference in Prometheus from the above is that Prometheus was a Law of Nature, instead of a mathematical algorithm, which the Court has ruled is to be treated as an abstract idea. And while a Law of Nature and a Mathematic Algorithm are technically a new and useful process and therefore fall in the process category under 35 U.S.C. 101, and both meet the definition of process under 35 USC 100 (b), a Law of Nature and a Mathematical Algorithm by themselves have been held by the Court to be judicial exceptions to statutory subject mater. Now that you have the basics we can move on to a more advanced discussion. That is if you are not having a mental breakdown by now, and typing every junior high school insult you can think of.

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    “Please articulate in a plain and clear manner exactly what you mean by “integration analysis” and apply the analysis to the method claims which were at issue in Bilski and Prometheus.”

    MM, first to remember is that it’s Diehr’s concept and application analysis that is controlling precedent, with Prometheus’s “integration” as the key to as the Court said: : transform the process into an inventive “application”. Next what you must learn is that “Integration” is the antithesis of dissection. You cannot have an end result that is both integrated and dissected at the same time. Integration is inherently part of the analysis of patent claims. This was implicitly brought to light in Diehr, when the Supreme Court expressly ruled against dissecting claims, and mandated it’s claims as a whole approach. See ( Diamond v. Diehr ). In Prometheus, integration was made explicit with the Court using “integration” as the key in it’s analysis that relied on Diehr. See Prometheus referencing Diehr: ” In Diehr, the overall process was patent eligible because of the way the additional steps of the process “integrated” the equation into the process as a whole. These additional steps transformed the process into an inventive application of the formula.” Now the problem with Flook and Bilski is that they are nothing more than an algorithm( Flook ) and a math equation ( Bilski ). And although math equations are technically a new and useful process, and would normally be statutory subject matter according to the definition in 35 U.S.C. 100(b), the Supreme Court has ruled that math is to be treated as an abstract concept and therefore a judicial exception to statutory subject matter. :The difference in Prometheus from the above is that Prometheus was a Law of Nature, instead of a mathematical algorithm, which the Court has ruled is to be treated as an abstract idea. And while a Law of Nature and a Mathematic Algorithm are technically a new and useful process and therefore fall in the process category under 35 U.S.C. 101, and both meet the definition of process under 35 USC 100 (b), a Law of Nature and a Mathematical Algorithm by themselves have been held by the Court to be judicial exceptions to statutory subject mater. Now that you have the basics we can move on to a more advanced discussion. That is if you are not having a mental breakdown by now, and typing every junior high school insult you can think of.

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    MM, you see in that quote a kneecapping. I don’t. I will follow the issue with interest. Perhaps I’ll come around to your view. Meanwhile, I have just replied to AI (now calling himself Integration Expert) on the same issue. I wonder if he will reply.

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    When I read your quote from Diehr I find in it no prohibition on dissection as such. What is prohibited is to ignore parts of the claim after you have dissected it into its various parts.

    As you say, integration makes no sense until after you have dissected. What are we left with then? You are required to dissect, that’s a must. Without that, you can’t “integrate”. But after such dissection, you are forbidden to ignore. Instead, you must try your best to integrate ALL parts of the claim together, ignoring none.

    Is this not the way all claims are construed, everywhere in the world? What is so controversial? This is nothing more than the Principle of Synthetical Propensity (“mind willing to understand” notion) that in English patent law goes back to 1886 if not earlier.

    Will you do that now, try your best to grasp what you have been told to do?

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    “In truth, I think the claim is eligible in the Alice case,”

    In truth, you’re a ta rd then. “time limitations” are as abstract as anything else. Time itself is an abstract notion we humans have made up to describe the movement of objects and certain things in certain physics theories.

    You really ought to check out “about time” on amazon. It’s a good book, but it is a very tough read.

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    “6, I think what they intended to do is all but eliminate the abstract idea exclusion,”

    That is practically all they did. Because this “manifestly” nonsense makes it so that any drafter worth a dime can just render the entirety of the judicial exceptions dead letter law.

    And no, I can’t help you as to how Benson dies under this standard, because Benson would have lived under this standard. Just like Prom would. And Bilski. And probably even Flook. Which is what this decision is going down to town shortly.

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    I had the unfortunate displeasure of reading your post. There is no “chessmatch”. There is only a rogue court unwilling to obey its reviewer court.

    And yes, I’ve bothered to read the Bilski decision in context, and the paragraph in context. Which is something you still apparently have not done. The context is that of the USSC making sure that nobody thought they were blessing the old state street analysis: useful, concrete, tangible = it passes. That is what the first sentence of the paragraph says, and if you happen to speak english you know how paragraphs are structured. They go on to mention that it could have been that the CAFC felt like they had to implement the MOT because the CAFC’s weak as s caselaw had not identified a better way to restrict business method patents (aka invalidate them). Then they note that even though they reject the MOT being used exclusively to restrict business method patents they by no means foreclose the CAFC from developing other LIMITING (i.e. restriction, i.e. invalidating) criteria that further the purpose of the patent act and are not inconsistent with its text.

    It’s that simple ya tard.

    The reason they said “less extreme” is because they know that the CAFC would liked to have implemented less extreme measures than a strict MOT. And indeed, the judicial exceptions are a much less extreme measure than a strict MOT, although they do happen to catch most of the same things the MOT does, the actual judicial exceptions already existed in the 50’s, thus no new facets to the caselaw were even required to be implemented.

    If you weren’t such a ta rd and bad reader to boot then you’d know this.

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    Don’t presume malice when ignorance explains it Ned. But yes, he obviously stated the common misconception about Alappat.

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    And, I note, we wouldn’t be having to hire quite so many new examiners, and the ones in here could, oh, I don’t know, get some lawlschool paid for.

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    And well we should be. If we ridded the office of all the nonsense that is in there because of the CAFC’s screw up in State Street and ATT then your backlog would be like 15-25% smaller.

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    Ugh!

    The Alice attorney may have intentionally misrepresented Alappat’s facts to the court. He actually said that the Alappat disclosure was of a programmed computer, that the claims were directed to a programmed computer, and that the patent office had erroneously construed claims the be drawn to a method rather than to a programmed computer.

    He obviously does not know the facts of the case, particularly that the rasterizer being claimed was hardware, and that the issue involved was whether during ex parte prosecution means plus function claims could be construed broadly to be essentially method claims, and that is what the Federal Circuit held be in error. The attorney totally misunderstood what was being claimed.

    However I must say in that attorney’s the defense, I have heard the same arguments being made by many here on Patently O that the claims involved in Alappat were claims to a programmed computer, even though the claims were not to a programmed computer, but to specific hardware. The dicta in Alappat concerning a programmed computer was in regard to a hypothetical equivalent because of the command in section 112 paragraph 6 that the claim be construed to cover not only the corresponding structure but equivalents. The hypothetical equivalent was a programmed computer that might have been substituted for the claimed hardware. The corresponding structure was hardware and not a programmed computer.

    Fortunately, the court in this case did not rest of decision on some misunderstanding of the facts in Alappat. However the common misunderstanding of the facts in Alappat seems to be pervasive.

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    “Judge Linn is keeping the dream alive.”

    Actually it’s Rader that is behind this nonsense. He’s leading them into this rebellion.

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    “As everyone (including you) is well aware, that conclusion was reached only after the claims were dissected, ”

    MM is beyond ridicules to argue Diehr stood for dissection when the case expressly ruled against it.

    “Respondents’ claims must be considered as a whole, it being inappropriate to “dissect” the claims into old and new elements and then to ignore the presence of the old elements in the analysis.” (Pp. 450 U. S. 185-191. Diamond v. Diehr 1981) Emphasis added.

    Now if the final decision was to integrate the steps in the claims as a whole, as you apparently agree, then the claims were not dissected. Don’t confuse analyzing claims with dissecting claims. Your confusion flows from a fundamental ignorance of what dissection is. Did you ever take biology? When you dissect a frog into parts, you don’t put the frog back together. After dissection you no longer have a whole frog, or even a frog at all. This is in effect what you advocate for patent claims, when you strip away and ignore parts to focus on what no longer exists. However in Prometheus, and now in the Office guidelines you are told to “integrate”. That means put it back together and view the claims as a whole. Just remember, integration is the antithesis of dissection, of that there can be no dispute.

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    the majority’s flippant dismissal of the absolute prohibition against ignoring claim limitations for 101 purposes? You know, the prohibition allegedly set forth in Diehr?

    No, but it was the same majority that said that it was changing NO precedents.

    But that cannot be since you cannot have both. How do you square such judicial thinking? Let’s ask the Oz of MM. Oh wait, he was asked to square the conflicting precedents and never gave an answer.

    He’s really good at that – not giving answers that is. Real answers at least. He’s got plenty of fake answers like insults, strawman, bogus hypotheticals and questions instead of answers, but real answers? Shoot, that’s just not something that’s going to happen.

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    ignores the majority who stood solidly against business methods

    Except that’s not the way the reality of this world actually is.

    There was no majority against business method patents. Any other view is pure unadulterated balderdash.

    Once again Ned goes off the deep end and projects a single instance into a condemnation of an entire category.

    So, since Prometheus was a medical methods case, by that same famous Ned logic, all medical methods are condemned. It must be so.

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    The Heart of the Dispute: The majority’s approach resembles the standard patent law approach to dealing with the concept of the invention; the dissent’s is much more similar to how the Supreme Court analyzes questions of patentable subject matter.

    Jason:

    This is not correct. The majority’s approach is in accord with the Supreme Court in view of Diehr’s claims as a whole approach, and Prometheus’s use of integration.

    Integration is the antithesis of dissection. The minority approach to strip away and leave the claims ineligible is nothing more than dissection which is against Supreme Court precedent. ( See Diehr).

    If the Diehr Court had used the minority approach in CLS Bank, Diehr’s claims would have been ruled to be nothing more than a claim on the Arrhenius equation itself and therefore an ineligible abstract idea. No member of SCOTUS has practiced or advocated dissection since the minority in Flook.

    The real dispute then is one of “Integration Vs. Dissection”, with the minority on CAFC and some lower courts using the old dissection analysis to strip claims down to abstract ideas, and the CAFC majority and SCOTUS using integration to view the claims as a whole.

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    suckie: I am only cutting and pasting their opinions with proper citations.

    Troll is off its meds again.

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    Diehr “integrated” the additional steps into the claims as a whole

    As everyone (including you) is well aware, that conclusion was reached only after the claims were dissected, you willfully ignorant —-k—x–ard.

    Diehr “integrated” the additional steps into the claims as a whole. The office guidelines instruct examiners to do the same thing. That’s a fact that can’t be disputed.

    The PTO instructs employes to “integrate additional steps into claims”? LOL. Learn English, troll. You’re becoming more tiresome and incomprehensible every day.

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    Factories make money selling things they make. They want the best designs, so they can make more items. Designers may contract with factories to bring their designs to a given factory, in return for what we now call royalties. In this was designers can make money under contract law, which is a part of natural law, and not bother with IPR, which is not found in natural law.

    Apple Computer sells a system of distributing music called iTunes. By paying well, Apple attracts the best artists to Apple’s means of production, iTunes. So it is with factories and artists. We need no IPR for artists to make money.

    Someone else can ”steal” market, manufacture and sell an item and make money. Based on customer feedback, they are likely to change your designs to please an ever wider group of customers. This is good for the consumer. This is were true wealth, more options to choose form that more closely match your desires. Yes, the free market militates against individuals amassing personal wealth, so defined, but it was never intended to provide massive personal wealth. The purpose of the free market is to offer ever more options at more better cheaper faster. The free market is essentially about justice in distribution.

    The research and development of products contributes almost nothing in the way of costs.

    I understand in capitalism companies SPEND phenomenal amounts of money on research and development, but R&D does not cost that much.

    Business expenses are taken off the bottom line, and the bottom line is what is subject to tax. In the pharmaceutical industry, imperial lifestyles are buried in the R&D budget. Vacations, sexytaries, Aspen and Davos confabs, personal effects, kids education’s, sinecures for friends and relatives, bribes to officials, are all buried in R&D. IPR invites personal corruption.

    R&D that pays off is marginal, tiny tweaking at the margins. Apple continuously introduces excitement with its miniscule improvements.

    Why should society prevent individuals from using their equipment and skills to market, manufacture and sell an item and make money?

    But what if our competitor goes low price? Then you can go low price, if you want that market.

    What if your competitor puts his name on your product? If he does well, apparently people prefer his name on your product. Therefore, if you want that business, put his name on your product. If you do not want that business, leave it to them.

    The fatal flaw in IPR is the holder shifts from marketing to violence backed monopoly. Why should taxpayers be obliged to fund state agents to sort out a disagreement between and inventor and an adopter? It was not necessary under the law merchant, why is it necessary now? 4th and 5th parties pay to protect 1st parties in disputes with second parties. Why should I contribute to the millions in cost to protect bill gates from the free market? Why not let Bill gates pay to protect his so called “wealth.”

    What IPR does promise, aside form a sinecure for lawyers, is that you might win a lottery of sorts. You might gain exceptional personal wealth. Thus IPR appeals to the sort of people whose hopes are tied up in winning a lottery. A lottery has one winner and countless losers, with nothing of value otherwise provided. This is why all major religions condemn gambling.

    The cost of IPR is less wealth for everyone else.

    A lottery mentality is not a sustainable economic model.

    In a free market, an individual may make less money, but never too little money, because one can always redesign to please more customers. A free market is the only means of facilitating people’s best efforts, and rewarding it. We see with deregulation how, as in telephones,we get more better cheaper faster. This would be true of food, medicine and education as well. There was no way to foresee the good we have now today back in 1980 when the telephones were deregulated. Unregulation would be even better.

    It may mean you will make less money, but that is not proven. it may mean less money, less personal wealth, but not less access to a wider range of goods and services at ever lower costs.

    Bastiat noted how economic calculation cannot include the unknown, what we would have if we were free. WE can know it is better, we just do not know how, what new wonders we would see.

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    The US Intellectual Property Laws (IPR) laws are statutory laws enacted as a policy decision. They were at no time considered natural rights. By law they are legal rights, but not natural rights. Therefore, they are not inalienable.

    There is nothing to support the claim that IPR fosters innovation. It may be true, but at no time in history, has anyone warranted that claim. With about 150 years of intensive practice we might have yielded proof, but no.

    The claim that IPR places tremendous cost on society is warranted by enough studies to make it true.

    Therefore we have a tremendous cost with not proof of benefit.

    Further, of the nearly 7 million patens issued in USA since 1789, almost nothing patented has ever turned into a product If the extremely few items that are patented and are turned into products, almost nothing is ever profitable. If anything, a patent correlates with failure.

    Nonetheless, we maintain a state agency with $3 billion budget for this regime.

    It is not true that if you do not have monopoly rights you cannot make any money. As opposed to all that is traded in commerce, only a sliver is covered by patents or IPR. For example, 70 percent of new books sold are not covered b copyright, they are public domain content. It is true that almost everyone owns some Apple product, now the largest corporation in the world by stock value, but an Apple product is a minor purchases in a persons economic activity. The single largest purchase a person makes in a lifetime is a home for which intellectual property pays almost no part . Food, clothing, gas, utilities, the next biggest costs, are rarely associated with intellectual property. In any event, there is little monopoly if any, on those items.

    Almost nothing traded in commerce is under IPR, yet people seem to make money without it.

    You can invent, market, manufacture and sell an item and make money. Based on customer feedback, you are likely to change your designs to please an ever wider group of customers.

    You can market, manufacture and sell an item and make money. Based on customer feedback, you are likely to change your designs to please an ever wider group of customers.

    In both instances the marketing, manufacturing, selling, and distribution is by far the major effort in making money. The design is a minor part of the effort.

    Therefore, small businesses really have no business with IPR anyway since they are constantly changing their offering.

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    MM, your replies remain incomprehensible. Your use of snark and insults is no substitute for clarity or reasoning.

    Do you carry yourself like this in your day to day activities outside of this blog? I certainly hope not.

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    The Alice court thinks novelty plays no part in 101 analysis?

    Why don’t we ask the Supreme Court whether the claims in Prometheus would have been patentable had the underlying process, the part that passed the MOT, presented a novel and unobvious process?

    Linn either doesn’t understand Bilski and Prometheus, or his law clerks do not. Regardless, he has gone further in this opinion that even Rich would go in defying the Supreme Court, and that is saying a lot. He panders in his opinion here to the Kennedy 4 that argued for the patenting of software. He ignores the majority who stood solidly against business methods, albeit, Scalia would have handled them under the MOT or as abstract ideas exceptions, and not as a categorical exclusion.

    I think he gambles that with the retirement of Stevens that he can gain an ally in Kagan. Really? REALLY!?

    What arrogance, is all that I can say. Linn, like Rich and perhaps Rader, think they know best and not the Supreme Court. There is a lot of THAT thinking in the patent bar, and Linn must attend a lot of patent bar functions in his spare time.

    He seems to be pandering to the bar, at least it might appear that way.

    We shall, see.

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    Followed accountability and integrity classes from Ned.

    Yup let’s start APU right now, Anti Patent University!

  110. 169

    MM: “That’s the smack talking to you, suckie. Again.”

    That’s the Supreme Court talking. I am only cutting and pasting their opinions with proper citations.

    So what do you make of the “integration analysis” introduced by the Court, and it’ subsequent adaptation by the Office in the new USPTO Guidelines?

    How would you handle the remand of Ultramercial back to the CAFC in view of Prometheus, and the new integration analysis?

    Go ahead MM, try and add some substance to the blog for a change.

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    Come on now be real. Lamy was never contacted by me until Oct 1, 1996. That again proves that the Patent was rewritten special for me… badly I might add. CSI Love that show.
    Did you hear about the boy that fought off the Alligator? Took two death rolls. And he lost his arm. But he says he learnded it on the show. Where would we be without reality?
    I ate the whole Cake all by myself. It was delicious.

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    MM, you left out the rest of the sentence that says… “additional steps that “integrate” the Arrhenius equation into the process.”

    Diehr did not dissect, as in cut out, the additional steps. Diehr “integrated” the additional steps into the claims as a whole. The office guidelines instruct examiners to do the same thing. That’s a fact that can’t be disputed.

    So MM, what is it with you and this fear of “integration”????

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    you know “Integration” is the antithesis of dissection.

    That’s the crack talking to you, suckie. Again.

    Diehr’s claims as a whole doctrine upheld in Prometheus

    That’s the smack talking to you, suckie. Again.

    Speedballs killed Belushi, suckie. He soiled himself before he disappeared, just like you.

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    Mr. Rantanen, how about the dissent’s statement as to “common sense” – you wrote about this in a prior post as to obviousness. Is the former government counsel (IRS/Treas, Labor, Senate, etc.) resorting to the same “common sense” we find in government everyday (like in our tax code, labor regs and senate)? Wow, we need more of that!

  115. 164

    “the Office is legally bound to take claims as a whole.”

    MM: “A recent 9-0 Supreme Court case called Prometheus plainly and unambiguously gutted the simple-minded, unworkable concept you refer to above, suckie.”

    That is incorrect. Here is what the Court actually held in Prometheus:

    ” In Diehr, 450 U. S., at 177–179 the Court pointed out that the basic mathematical equation, like a law of nature, was not patentable. But it found the overall process patent eligible because of the way the additional steps of the process “integrated” the equation into the process as a whole.” (the Opinion of the Court 12 MAYO COLLABORATIVE SERVICES v. PROMETHEUS LABORATORIES, INC.) ( Emphasis Added)

    So as you can read above, not only was Diehr’s claims as a whole doctrine upheld in Prometheus, the Court also added “integration” to the analysis, in effect buttressing Diehr’s claims as a whole approach 9-0. As you know “Integration” is the antithesis of dissection. And to further underscore the importance of the claims as a whole approach and “integration analysis”, Integration was adapted in the new USPTO Office Guidelines. Meanwhile an obscure, some say whacky, now forgotten mental steps test theory was completely ignored.

    :: smirks::

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    I get it.

    What I want to claim:

    A method of multiplying by a power of 10, by recording the number as a sequence of digits that vary in value from one to the next by a power of ten, identifying the location of a decimal point, and, moving the decimal point by the number of digits that correspond to the power.

    Hummm…

    I got it:

    A method of multiplying by a power of 10, by recording the number to be multiplied as a sequence of digits in a computer shift register, where the shift register digits vary in value from one to the next by a power of ten, shifting the contents of the shift register a number of digits that correspond to the power, and recording the contents of the shift register in a computer memory.

    Checklist:

    1) Law of Nature or Fundamental truth? No.
    2) Limited to execution on a computer. Yes.

    It is eligible.

    But, then, I don’t understand Benson.

    In truth, I think the claim is eligible in the Alice case, but because of the specific time limitations contained in the claim. This seems sufficient. I think this would be the case even if the claims were not limited to computers, but instead directly covered the ancient Roman Empire method using waxed tablets and wooden pens to recording the partial results.

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    Remember the blistering dissent in the Supreme Court’s Prometheus decision, where one of the Justice’s rails against the majority’s flippant dismissal of the absolute prohibition against ignoring claim limitations for 101 purposes? You know, the prohibition allegedly set forth in Diehr?

    Neither do I.

    LOL.

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    6, I think what they intended to do is all but eliminate the abstract idea exclusion, converting it into an inquiry as to whether a principle is claimed in the abstract (per Le Roy v. Tatham), i.e., whether it wholly preempts a fundamental truth. If it has meaningful limitations that necessarily tie the claim to a computer, it is eligible.

    Under this reasoning, Benson would have presented eligible subject matter if it specifically called for storing partial products in a register…. Er, I thought there was such a claim that actually did that?

    Let’s see… Ah, there it is! Claim 8!

    Claim 8 reads:

    “The method of converting signals from binary coded decimal form into binary which comprises the steps of

    “(1) storing the binary coded decimal signals in a reentrant shift register,

    “(2) shifting the signals to the right by at least three places, until there is a binary `1′ in the second position of said register,

    “(3) masking out said binary `1′ in said second position of said register,

    “(4) adding a binary `1′ to the first position of said register,

    “(5) shifting the signals to the left by two positions,

    74*74 “(6) adding a `1′ to said first position, and

    “(7) shifting the signals to the right by at least three positions in preparation for a succeeding binary `1′ in the second position of said register.”

    Er, help, me 6. Why is claim 8 ineligible under the reasoning of the Alice in Wonderland case? I must have misunderstood something.

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    MD: Both sides swear their allegiance to Diehr’s instruction to consider the claim as a whole. Both think their approach is the right one.

    Diehr was kneecapped by the Supreme Court in Prometheus, MD. See, e.g., the discussion about “old and conventional” steps and how such steps can not turn an otherwise ineligible method (e.g., a method of thinking about a correlation) into an ineligible method.

    Thanks for your comment.

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    Do you really think the issue is about a composition claim?

    No, really?

    Suckie is talking to itself now. Not for the first time, either.

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    the additional elements or steps … the additional steps…

    Dissection: yummy.

    Dierbots s-cking it: superdooper yummy.

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    Because each of these sections serves a different purpose and plays a different role, invalidity, patentability, and patent eligibility challenges under these sections present distinctly different questions. See Prometheus, 132 S. Ct. at 1303-04.

    It’s like the court wanted to reach out and smack MM upside the head for his Lilly-esque “102/103 is good enough for composition claims” BS on a 101 issue.

    No wonder he went all eplectic down below.

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    Why don’t you get on Lake Superior with your Ski Doo… Now way in the middle…. Wait some……. When the Lake melts and your Ski Doo stays afloat then you will have integration. Good luck with that though.

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    Did you all notice how many times “implicit reading” was in quotes?

    Talk about a supreme slap in the face.

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    Do you really think the issue is about a composition claim?

    No, really?

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    “What “new USPTO Guidelines on Integration”?”

    The USPTO, has adapted concept of integration as expressed in Prometheus v. Mayo, in at least the following four distinct sub sections of USPTO Guidelines for 101 statutory analysis. Changing everything from M or T to buttressing Diehr’s Concept and Application Test/Analysis. Now that Ultramercial has been remanded to the CAFC in view of Prometheus, it’s important that ALL Examiners learn what the “Integration Analysis” is and how to apply it.

    1. To show “integration”, the additional elements or steps must relate to the natural principle in a significant way to impose a meaningful limit on the claim scope. The analysis turns on whether the claim has added enough to show a practical application.

    2. Along with “integration”, the additional steps must be sufficient to ensure that the claim amounts to significantly more than the natural principle itself by including one or more elements or steps that limit the scope of the claim and do more than generally describe the natural principle with generalized instructions to “apply it.”

    3. A machine or transformation that is merely nominally, insignificantly, or tangentially related to the steps or elements, e.g., data gathering or data storage, would not show integration.

    4. This claim would pass Inquiries 1-3 in the above analysis as it is a process that includes the Arrhenius equation as a limitation, with additional steps that “integrate” the Arrhenius equation into the process and are sufficient to narrow the scope of the claim so that others are not foreclosed from using the Arrhenius equation in different applications.

    link to uspto.gov

    Interim 101 guidelines, post-Prometheus:

  127. 151

    Patent examiners are also looking for the easy way out — give it a 101, and don’t bother with messy, time consuming searches and composing 102/103 rejections.

  128. 148

    “This “manifestly” subjective nonsense has no place in the 101 jurisprudence, this will last no more than 3 mo.”

    Certainly no more subjective nonsense than you wanting to dream up the concept of the invention and declare that the claims pre-empt what you dreamed up.

    Fortunately, the CAFC is following Diehr, and so is the Court. All you can do 6 is violate the law at your Junior examiner position under the immunity of a government union.

    But that will be overcome at the BPAI, if not the CAFC. And not even the post Steven’s libs have the guts to overturn Diehr, so software, and business methods will be patent eligible subject matter well into the future.

  129. 147

    suckie: the Office is legally bound to take claims as a whole.

    A recent 9-0 Supreme Court case called Prometheus plainly and unambiguously gutted the simple-minded, unworkable concept you refer to above, suckie.

    But you’ve been told this already, scores of times.

    The new USPTO guidelines are crystal clear that Examiners are *obligated* to find claims ineligible when the only patent-eligible subject matter in the claims is old and conventional.

    Deal with it. 9-0. You lose. I win. And I’ll keep winning. You and Judge Linn will have great fun pounding sand in the near future. And I will have great fun laughing at your profound ignorance. And his. And that of his clerks.

  130. 146

    “When you invent something you probably have a good idea what you have invented.”

    That’s like saying, if you drive home you probably have a good idea where your house is. IF you are the “Actual Inventor” you know EXACTLY what you have invented.

    It’s your attorneys job to know if what you have invented is patentable according to the law, and then know all the rules and regs of the nightmare Gov’t bureaucracy that is the USPTO.

    Your attorney does not tell the court or the Court what you have invented and the Judge does not tell her.

    As far as the Office goes that what the claims, drawings and specification are for. If the office is confused then the Actual Inventor can explain it to the office during the first OA.

    But the Office is legally bound to take claims as a whole. Read the claims in light of the specification.

    None of this BS subjective labeling the concept and declaring pre-emption.

    None of this so called stripping away the claim terms to do no more than dissection.

    The Actual Inventor tells the all.

    In CLS Bank v. Alice the CAFC is following the law as it was written by Congress and as it has been interpreted by the United States Supreme Court in Diamond v. Diehr. Controlling precedent and the case most on point for 101 statutory subject matter. And that is the way it is supposed to be.

  131. 145

    “Inventive concept” — give me an eff ing break.

    Claims are properly analyzed as a whole

  132. 144

    Abstractness (which is nowhere in the patent statute) if it is a problem can be handled by the written description and definiteness requirements of the patent statute.

    101 abstractness is Supreme Court make believe stuff.

  133. 143

    Any so-called preemption issues should be judged by whether the claim meets 102, 103, written description and indefiniteness requirements.

    101 preemption is make believe.

  134. 142

    Now take the time to edit the Diamond v. Diehr claims so that it merely recites opening the oven door when the cake is done based on a known recipe, time and temp. Because that is really a the abstract idea covered by the claims.

  135. 140

    Can’t see that through all the dust that has been kicked up on the thread.

    You’re congenitally blind, suckie.

    See my July 11 12:59 pm comment in this subthread and Wow’s 3:45 lol-able attempt at a “rebuttal.”

  136. 139

    Except we’re talking about compositions of matter.

    Can’t see that through all the dust that has been kicked up on the thread.

  137. 138

    Whether it was him or the law firm.. It still has his fingerprint on it. I even have the letter ( not the original one i sent though.. discovery will get that out!
    So there actuall were 5 Tennessee Lawyers trying to destroy me… Now which one of them? That’s like shooting fish in a Barrel

  138. 137

    Also thatproves that someone was in my closets. The Sweatshirt I made with the word seasaddle was only mentioned on my Trademark papers. So the fingerprint is smudged over to the Trademark too.

  139. 136

    Except we’re talking about compositions of matter.

    That’s funny, the case is about machines and methods.

  140. 134

    “Just like “shadow credit records” are not “amongst the useful arts”.”

    Sounds a lot like “business methods are not amongst the useful arts.”

    Except we’re talking about compositions of matter.

    Man, this blog has the d-mbest trolls.

  141. 132

    There is a fundamental problem in that the greatest level of expertise in patent law resides with the CAFC. The district courts mostly have no clue, but if anything winds up in the Supreme Court you are most of the way back to the incomprehension level of the district courts. Can’t see a way around it that wouldn’t involve changing the US constitution.

  142. 131

    Just like “shadow credit records” are not “amongst the useful arts”.

    Sounds a lot like “business methods are not amongst the useful arts.”

    Except they are.

    MM’s favorite pastime of accusing others of what he does strikes again: self-defeating all over himself.

    T O O L

    (that’s not popcorn you are choking on)

  143. 130

    So that proves people have broke into my Home. It also proves that Berkenstock has a very vaery large fingerprint on my Case… CSI

  144. 128

    Lame? B’s fingerprint? Ski doo? We had that argument. Ski doo. Wouldn’t that relate to the Printed Matter Doctrine? Mine related to Boat Fenders. so obviously the Grants I have here have been switched, and they are not the real Grants!

  145. 127

    I would generally tend to the majority’s decision – stick to checking 102 and 103 and only use the 101 as a very crude filter.
    However, the case law does not really support this approach.

  146. 126

    1. A data processing system to enable the exchange of an obligation between parties, the system comprising:

    a piece of paper comprising written information about a shadow credit record and shadow debit record for a party, independent from a credit record and debit record maintained by an exchange institution; and

    an operator, wherein said operator is capable of:

    (a) receiving a transaction;

    (b) adjusting said shadow credit record and/or said shadow debit record in order to effect an exchange obligation arising from said transaction, allowing only those transactions that do not result in a value of said shadow debit record being less than a value of said shadow credit record; and

    (c) generating an instruction to said exchange institution at the end of a period of time to adjust said credit record and/or said debit record in accordance with the adjustment of said shadow credit record and/or said shadow debit record, wherein said instruction being an irrevocable, time invariant obligation placed on said exchange institution.

    2. The system of claim 1, wherein the operator is a robot with a Powerful Computer Brain.

    Question: can any of the trolls explain whether one of the above claims is eligible for patenting and why?

  147. 125

    1. A data processing system…
    2. The method of claim 1,…

    Something is amiss right from the start

    LOL. Try to work past the obvious typos, suckie. It’s sort of like when you are s-cking on that lollipop trying to get to the chewy center. You’re a master at that. Use your skills.

  148. 124

    Not sure what point you are attempting to make

    The point is that you are a self-defeating nimrod, suckie. Moreover, it’s great fun to watch you self-defeating all over yourself.

    poetry is not amongst the useful arts

    Just like “shadow credit records” are not “amongst the useful arts”. Nevertheless, certain poems are indisputably useful (e.g., for memorization purposes, for entertainment purposes). Does a patent-eligible composition become ineligible if it comprises information that rhymes, suckie? Is that what you’re driving at, suckie?

    Just answer the question:

    “A piece of paper with [novel and useful poem] written on it.”

    Imagine that the poem is a poem about shadow credit records. Is this composition claim eligible for patenting under 101 on your planet? You certainly seemed to be suggesting that all compositions were eligible for patenting, suckie. Are you backtracking? Would you like to introduce a caveat?

    LOL.

    [cough]

    Man, this popcorn is making me thirsty.

  149. 123

    Your response is incomprehensible.

    Not sure what point you are attempting to make with the poem reference, even if you put “novel and useful” in front of the word, poetry is not amongst the useful arts.

  150. 122

    wherein suckie bends over backwards and sticks its head in its behind:

    Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful … composition of matter,

    “A piece of paper with [novel and useful poem] written on it.”

    Eligible for patenting, suckie?

    LOL.

    [imagines universe bigger than the present universe, wherein the new universe is capable of holding the amount of popcorn that will be eaten over the next couple years]

  151. 121

    1. A data processing system
    2. The method of claim 1,…

    Something is amiss right from the start.

    Not sure I get the popcorn reference.

  152. 120

    Judge Prost:

    what legal principle justifies responding to a unanimous Supreme Court decision against patentability with even a stricter subject matter standard?

    It’s not a legal principle. It’s a practical matter. Some judges just can’t bear the idea of a couple thousand computer-implemented invention wankers boohoohooing about their “lost rights.” Besides, if we prevent such claims from being granted, how will technology ever progress to the point where you will be automatically alerted that your old high school classmate just streamed your favorite DVD, wherein said DVD is an animated animal adventure story set in the middle ages, and wherein said story does not comprise a royal family member as a main character????? Seriously. Try to imagine a future that empty. Judge Linn is keeping the dream alive.

  153. 119

    Oh, I see. This is a composition claim.

    35 U.S.C. 101 Inventions patentable.

    Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.

  154. 118

    IBP,

    Unfortunately, that is one of the busted javascript “Show more comments” threads.

    And for all of your waxing, all you have accomplished is the exchange of the label of “abstractness” for the label of “specificity.”

    That is all.

    Now, instead of trying to qualify/quantify “abstract” we are left to do the same with “specific”

    I would also echo another post from that thread: The post is not as lucid as you might infer – IBP makes the classic mucking of breadth versus abstractness. One can have a broad utility (i.e. non-specific) and still avoid abstractness.

    All IBP is doing is exchanging one paradigm for another. Granted, his paradigm sounds better, but it still misses the boat. Note that I don’t lambast IBP’s paradigm because frankly, I don’t have an answer to put in its place. I just don’t think you gain anything with the “specific” semanatics (who is to say “what’s specific enough”?).

    Now given all that, you do not describe why the majority is incorrect, given that they have not proscribed to your view and why this attempt at Post-Bilski, Post-Prometheus 101 jurisprudence is “yet another disappointment” provided that the Court not seeing your wisdom is not a proper foundation for disappointment.

  155. 117

    MM talking about “correctly applying” Printed Matter Doctrine…

    As if he had a clue.

  156. 116

    MM talking about “correctly applying” Printed Matter Doctrine…

    As if he had a clue.

  157. 115

    “Examing the concept of “abstract ideas,” the majority concluded that despite substantial precedent and commentary, its meaning remains unclear and its boundary elusive.”

    The “majority” is incorrect.

    Its meaning is legally described, and its boundaries precisely delineated, in the following patently-o thread:

    link to patentlyo.com

    What more can I say? This opinion is yet another disappointment from the federal civil service.

    Either this type of abdication of responsibility exhibited by the court will end, or we will descend into complete anarchy. We’re already halfway there.

  158. 114

    Why are the nuttiest of the nutty patent nutballs invariably practicing in the computer-implemented “arts”?

  159. 113

    Bonus points if you “correctly” apply the so-called Printed Matter Doctrine in your answer.

    LOLOLOLOLOL.

  160. 112

    1. A data processing system to enable the exchange of an obligation between parties, the system comprising:

    a piece of paper comprising written information about a shadow credit record and shadow debit record for a party, independent from a credit record and debit record maintained by an exchange institution; and

    an operator, wherein said operator is capable of:

    (a) receiving a transaction;

    (b) adjusting said shadow credit record and/or said shadow debit record in order to effect an exchange obligation arising from said transaction, allowing only those transactions that do not result in a value of said shadow debit record being less than a value of said shadow credit record; and

    (c) generating an instruction to said exchange institution at the end of a period of time to adjust said credit record and/or said debit record in accordance with the adjustment of said shadow credit record and/or said shadow debit record, wherein said instruction being an irrevocable, time invariant obligation placed on said exchange institution.

    2. The method of claim 1, wherein the operator is a robot with a Powerful Computer Brain.

    Question: can any of the trolls explain whether one of the above claims is eligible for patenting and why?

    LOL.

    [cooks up the Biggest Batch of Popcorn Ever]

  161. 111

    Meet Mr. “Suckie” Gamburo:

    The Defendant Pro Se does not consider the statement of the Court to be a ‘final warning’ but more accurately a threat of tyranny to the Consti-tutionally assured rights of a natural born citizen of the United States. The Defendant Pro Se is outraged that these measures were even consid-ered to the point of including them in an order. DO NOT THREATEN ME AGAIN IN WRITING. I do not take kindly to threats in any form.

    BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!!

  162. 110

    It goes without saying, that 101 and 103 serve different purposes

    Actually, it needs to be said.

    Often.

    And acted upon accordingly.

  163. 109

    The real question is: why does simple suckie troll this blog?

    Why do you?

  164. 108

    I assume all debaters here share a love of the law, and so want to see it be given maximum respect. It goes without saying, that 101 and 103 serve different purposes. Nevertheless, on 101, the UK and the EPO do it differently, relative and absolute, substance and form, respectively, and each sincerely thinks the approach of the other is misguided. Each approach has arguments in favour and arguments against it. Neither jurisdiction loves the law any more or less than the other.

    On your side of the Atlantic, I see the same debate running, with the same passion. Both sides swear their allegiance to Diehr’s instruction to consider the claim as a whole. Both think their approach is the right one.

    How you manage to work out a rigorous, reproducible and practical approach to eligibility, to maximise respect for the law, is interesting for all those who love the law. It isn’t easy. But one way or the other, you are going to get it sorted sooner or later I’m sure.

  165. 106

    suckie Is it the same effective structure of the 10% (or whatever percent) unpurified form of a claimed purified structure?

    Is English your second language?

  166. 104

    That’s some pretty fine dust you are kicking up MM.

  167. 102

    Is it the same effective structure of the 10% (or whatever percent) unpurified form of a claimed purified structure? What is that structure?

    Is is part of the ride to watch you go eplectic when your own word of “effective” invades your particular neighborhood?

    Are you finally going to give me answers to my questions before you want yet more answers to your questions?

    [steals MM’s popcorn and leaves note thanking MM for making such delicious popcorn]

  168. 101

    simple suckie Is this today’s version of the evermore eplectic rants of rambling rage?

    I have no idea what you’re talking about, suckie. But I do see you’ve posted today’s version of “When did you stop beating your wife?”

    Now, please GFY.

  169. 100

    Suckie: analogously “structural” words like isolated and purified.

    (think “configured”)

    Suckie appears to believe that the term “configured” is “analogous” to structurally-descriptive words like “isolated” and “purified.”

    We’ve previously established that suckie’s definition of the term “analogous” is quite different from that of the rest of the world. But it was fun so let’s take suckie for another ride and drop the body at the waterfront. Again.

    Tell us, suckie: what objective physical test can be used to unambiguously distinguish a first computer “configured to do X” from a second computer “configured to do Y”? Thanks in advance for your plainly articulated, definitive and final answer.

    LOL.

    [starts heating popcorn]

  170. 99

    it is hard to see, using methodology of this case, why the claims in Bilski were not patentable subject matter. Perhaps all the Bilski claims needed to do was to record the current state of the risk it was seeking to hedge on a ledger in order to determine at a particular time when the level of risk was reduced to a predetermined number?

    You haven’t read the case yet, have you Ned? Did you skip pages 17-21?

  171. 98

    question for Suckie and Co

    Is this today’s version of the evermore eplectic rants of rambling rage?

  172. 96

    Been there, done that.

    Something to do with the analogously “structural” words like isolated and purified.

    (think “configured”)

    T O O L

  173. 95

    A question for Suckie and Co, in light of their incomprehensible chatter regarding Myriad’s claims:

    Do you believe that an invention consisting of an isolated nucleic acid with novel, non-obvious and useful sequence XYZ, where sequence XYZ is found in non-isolated form in nature, be rendered eligible by reciting “A data processing system for enabling cancer detection, comprising a data storage unit with sequence XYZ and a computer capable of receiving information about an individual’s DNA, comparing said information to XYZ, and outputting information about cancer likelihood in said individual”?

    If the answer is “yes” and you still maintain that Myriad’s nucleic acid composition claims are ineligible subject matter, can you please tell me what brand of chronic you are smoking and where to buy it? LOL.

  174. 94

    All you have to do is read the passage in context you fool

    Did you bother actually reading my post? From your response it is clear that you simply do not understand the chessmatch in process.

    Did you bother actually reading the Bilski decision in context? From your response it is clear that you have not done so.

    Please read and try to understand before you comment again.

    Think of why even the Supreme Court must harken to the text chosen by Congress.

    Think of why the Court used the words “less extreme” in its context.

    Think, and the use of the word fool mayhaps not describe your own behavior.

  175. 93

    1. A data processing system …. comprising a data storage unit … and a computer

    Oh, I see. This is a composition claim.

    Data storage units and computers are old. Can anyone tell me how the structure of this composition is distinguished from the structure of ancient prior art compositions?

    I didn’t think so.

  176. 92

    Can anyone explain how “progress” in any useful art is promoted by granting claims such as the one at issue in this case? That’s a rhetorical question. We know the answer to the question already.

    Here’s a non-rhetorical question: why does the USPTO require all of its Examiners and patent agents to possess a “technical” background? Why shouldn’t it be enough to have a business or accounting degree when banks are being sued for infringing claims to methods for storing and sharing information about credit reports?

  177. 91

    When you invent something you probably have a good idea what you have invented.

    Then you turn it over to a Patent Attorney (Draftsman) and it doesn’t matter what you think the Invention is, what matters is what the Patent Attorney thinks the invention is.

    Then the Patent Attorney files the Application and it doesn’t matter what the Patent Attorney thinks the Invention is, what matters is what the Patent Examiner thinks the Invention is.

    If a patent is issued and the patent is litigated, then it doesn’t matter what the Patent Examiner thinks the Invention is, what matters is what the Court thinks the invention is.

    Patents are Deconstructionism (in Literature) made manifest.

  178. 90

    Let’s break it down, shall we?

    1. A data processing system to enable the exchange of an obligation between parties

    Translation: A computer for practicing a method which is indisputably abstract and ineligible for patenting.

    a data storage unit having stored therein information about a shadow credit record and shadow debit record for a party, independent from a credit record and debit record maintained by an exchange institution; and

    = a piece of paper with information on it, or a person having memorized the information and stored the information in their brain

    a computer, coupled to said data storage unit,

    = another part of a human brain, the part that processes information (the part that our trolls and certain Federal Circuit judges lack)

    that is configured to (1) receive a [blah blah blah] and [process blah blah blah blah] and [output blah blah blah blah blah

    Brains are configured to process received and stored information. So do computers. It doesn’t matter what the information is. That’s what brains do. That’s what computers do. In fact, that’s all they do. There is nothing “inventive” about “processing” “information” in the abstract. Stating that the information is “about your grandma’s dog” or if the informatin is “about your foot” or if the information is about “a shadow credit record” doesn’t make a method less abstract.

    Likewise, stating that “information about grandma’s dog is electronically adjusted” and “stored” and “compared to information about your uncle’s dog” doesn’t make the computerized method less abstract. And “outputting an instruction about grandma’s dog on Sunday when condition X applies” doesn’t make the method method less abstract.

    There is no patent-eligible invention in this claim *unless* the Supreme Court is going to hold that indisputably ineligible subject matter (i.e., “a novel non-obvious and useful credit reports” or “a novel, non-obvious and useful method of thinking about credit reports and discussing those thoughts with creditors”) can be rendered eligible merely by reciting “a computer” and/or generally recited steps of “storing” , “processing” and “outputting” information relating to that ineligible subject mattter.

    I respectfully submit that anyone who believes that the Supreme Court is going to uphold the eligiblity of this kind of s–t is deeply deluded. Of course that includes Suckie and Co. Sadly, it also includes a couple Federal Circuit judges.

  179. 87

    Nope.

    Yep.

    We may have to wait until this decision is revisited by another court, but until then, IT IS LAW.

  180. 85

    suckie: MM, will not dare address “Integration Analysis”.

    LOL. Please articulate in a plain and clear manner exactly what you mean by “integration analysis” and apply the analysis to the method claims which were at issue in Bilski and Prometheus, and also to the composition claims at issue in Myriad. Then I’ll gladly address “Integration Analysis.” Absent that, there really is nothing to address so you can FY in the meantime.

  181. 84

    Does it matter “very much” whether one uses the 101 filter or the 103 filter?

    Asked and answered: The point is that you (Paul Cole) missed on the difference. It is all the difference in the world.

    Legal. Factual. Philosophical. Any way you want to look at it.

    MaxDrei, I refer you to the decision itself, pages 12-13 in pertinent part (and with no small amount of sublime satisfaction, quoting Prometheus):

    It should be self-evident that each of these four statutory provisions—§§ 101, 102, 103, and 112—serves a different purpose and plays a distinctly different role. No one section is more important than any other. Together, they evince the intent of Congress in furthering the constitutional objective of promoting the progress of the useful arts. Because each of these sections serves a different purpose and plays a different role, invalidity, patentability, and patent eligibility challenges under these sections present distinctly different questions. See Prometheus, 132 S. Ct. at 1303-04.

    I do not know about your side of the pond, but the CAFC has witnessed the conflation mess and a more clear slap down of conflation, of the “whatever” vacuousness of empty rhetoric that infects much of the anti-patent dogma, could not be had.

    I reiterate: Yes it matters very much to those who know law, who love law, exactly what law is applied and how that particular section of law is applied.

  182. 81

    “The Supreme Court and Congress have both all but declared business methods persona non grata.”

    Except that they haven’t. Wishing something was true doesn’t make it true.

    Inventions directed solely to an abstract idea are not patentable subject matter. This wasn’t the case in this application.

  183. 80

    6 writes “blah, blah, blah”

    Do you think anybody read that? The Federal Circuit put a beat down to your arguments as well as the arguments espoused by Ned and MM. If the case went the other way, you would be crowing all day how times have changed and how 6 was right for the last 3 to 4 years.

    LMFAO

  184. 79

    You have no idea how the real world works.

    DC judges are always looking for the easy way to get a case off their docket. Disposing of a case under 101 is a quick way to avoid all the other messy issues.

  185. 78

    You must first determine if there is an abstract idea that could be a problem for the claim. Then you write it down. It is in this stage where discretion must be placed on what one will consider to be an abstract idea and what one will not. But this is not where the CAFC deems to place their newly fashioned restriction.

    After you have determined if there is an abstract idea at play that might be a problem (and written it down), you must compare it to the claimed subject matter and determine if the claimed subject matter would wholly preempt on the abstract idea and thus the claim be designated as being “abstract”. It is here, at this second stage, the court proposes to place its newly formed restriction. They simply refuse to dub the claim “abstract” if it is not “manifestly abstract”. This is a hilarious error but it is just them trying to make the inquiry reasonable by providing a check. But the check for reasonableness needs to come at the previous stage most certainly not this stage. Putting it at this stage instead of the previous one is what exalts the draftsman. And indeed, the check for reasonableness at stage 1 is already built in, and they asked about it being built in at oral args, but nobody was knowledgeable enough to help them understand that it was.

    Of course after this step if you reached a negatory on preemption you then need to write down why you reached a negatory and if they turn out to be pre/post solution activity etc. then you still get caught up in the exceptions and your claim is sinking. But that isn’t so much the thing that screwed up the CAFC’s analysis here.

    It is a fundamental lack of doing this process correctly and understanding each step that is leading to these problems. When it is done correctly, as Prost did, then things are fine. Note that in the oral args one judge asked about how you draw the line about what is reasonably an abstract idea in step 1, but the attorney thinks he was talking about in step 2. It’s hilarious how people, even judges, just get tripped up over the language being used because we use “abstract idea” “abstract” or other terminology like that to describe things in both steps.

  186. 77

    “But the SC did mention wholly preempting in its decision in Bilski, leaving open the idea that that was the problem, not that the inventive concept being claimed was itself an abstract concept.”

    It was both in Bilski. Which is what you, and 2 members of the CAFC seem to be missing.

    As was noted in the oral args, there is an abstract idea at the “heart” of these claims. Then one of the judges asked where does one draw the line on what these abstract ideas are which are at the heart of claims, and the attorney respended as if the judge asked a wholly different question. In other words, his understanding of the cases is not 100%.

    The decision comes out and some CAFC judges subscribe to the view that everything has such an abstract idea at it’s heart. But that is not so. And this is the fundamental split between the two sides. The one side still doesn’t understand how to not go apesht in sane on definining what is an abstract idea at the heart of the invention, and the other side does. Since this is the case, the one side which is having a hard time on defining the initial abstract ideas at the heart of the invention as being an abstract idea only when reasonable then feels the need to place some limits on the scope of this exception because they feel as if it would be overpowered if we did the analysis in that t ard fashion. They are correct, but they are placing the restraint at the wrong place in the analysis. What you need to do is put a “reasonable” check on whether or not the idea at the heart of the claim is abstract or not. Indeed, it is already so in the caselaw, unbeknownst to those who keep fin it up. But in any event, the answer is certainly not to put that “reasonable” check in the form of saying “manifestly” on the end determination.

    It all has to do with the flow of the analysis. This is going to get complicated, but if you want, stick around.

  187. 76

    Mr. FairPlay, indeed, the Federal Circuit in this decision has really thrown down the gauntlet to the will of the Supreme Court and to them will Congress. The Supreme Court and Congress have both all but declared business methods persona non grata, the yet here a gigantic business method elephant walks into the tent and the Federal Circuit does not inquire whether the claimed invention is directed to an elephant, but rather misdirects attention to see whether the elephant is dressed up properly in lawyer-drafted limitations that make the elephant appear to be a computer.

  188. 75

    Check the DC opinions in the recent 101 cases that have reached the CAFC. Nearly 100% of them are people getting invalidated at the DC level.

  189. 74

    I do not have a copy of those, and I doubt they strayed very far from the positions espoused at oral args. The one attorney is only 80% there in his understanding of the abstract idea analysis or else he wouldn’t have flubbed two of what would be soft ball questions if he knew what was sup with the abstract idea analysis.

  190. 73

    I thought a good point was made above to try not to confuse claiming “abstractions” [for which there is no legal definition standard] with “laws of nature”, with 103, or with 112 overclaiming or “premption.
    But I think the real problem is that it is extremely difficult to get a 103 or even 102 invalidation of claims in patent litigation by an early, simple, and low cost summary judgment, instead of plural million dollar litigation with a full jury trial and appeal. Too many patent lawsuits do not have a reexamination or any judicial consideration whatsoever of the extent to which the claims read on prior art found in a better search than the few hours a patent examinar has to search.
    It looks to me like some D.C. judges and Supreme Court judges are looking for an alternative way of accomplishing that under 101?

  191. 72

    Does it matter “very much” whether one uses the 101 filter or the 103 filter? For example, the EPO and the UK courts both adjudicate the same law. One uses “Euro-101”, the other “Euro-103”. Both say it doesn’t matter, because the outcome is the same. We wait to see which line survives, in the long run, in the UK.

    SCOTUS say “abstract” and the EPO says “technical character”. We know what became of the European “technical character” eligibility test. Going forward, we (and SCOTUS, I imagine) are impatient to know how “abstract” can be developed into another workable, consistent and predictable touchstone of eligibility.

  192. 71

    6, thanks for your report on the oral argument.  It does appear this case was all about "abstract" and what the Supreme Court meant by that in Bilski.
     
    I recall listening to the oral arguemnt in Prometheus.  In discussing Bilski, everyone present seemed to think the problem with Biliski was hedging itself, not wholly preempting.
     
    But the SC did mention wholly preempting in its decision in Bilski, leaving open the idea that that was the problem, not that the inventive concept being claimed was itself an abstract concept.
     
     

  193. 70

    “I would remind 6 that “limiting” does not necessarily mean more limiting, but rather means using their judicial role to set what they believe the proper limit to be — in view of the actual text used by Congress. I would also remind you that this is a precedential opinion. It is indeed law that you must follow.”

    Nope. But you can keep on dreaming. Just wait until in the next decision they say “In Bilski we invited the CAFC to tighten up on what they were allowing through 101 by whatever means they could figure out in addition to the exception criteria they established, and they have decided that what they should do is loosen up on what is allowed through”.

    And I’m going to lulz. All you have to do is read the passage in context you fool.

  194. 69

    I suppose I agree with you on that Stop, if for no other reason than I will enjoy all the sweet sweet lulz I get from the cases all eventually turning out exactly how I said 3-4 years ago. The lulz sustain me.

  195. 67

    “They may on occasion be wrong, but it is not credible that CAFC judges are corrupt.”

    Intellectual corruption is just as real of a problem as monetary. They gain power when they extend the reach of patents by failing to reign it in. It is them justifying their own existence. Like bureaucracies do. The PTO doesn’t hold it’s position on computer nonsense for giggles.

  196. 65

    Good point Paul. Except in the USA, patent attorneys, like Patent Office Examiners, are engineers or scientists who like to communicate and are excited by structured argument about technology. The clients are on board, and fully engaged with the arguments. In the USA, as we know, patent attorneys are different and very special. They are first and foremost lawyers, more interested in the law as such, regardless of any Progress of Useful Arts. Their clients are mystified.

    Have you considered, what’s “boring” for you, and for clients everywhere, because it’s devoid of any “technical” content, might be terribly exciting for those American patent lawyers and their creative accountant clients.

  197. 64

    I thought the Supreme Court was trying to send a clear message that…exclude business methods except where the inventive concept was directed to technology.

    As has been abundantly noted, you thought wrong.

    We all seem to understand that point.

    Except those who saw that there was no such point.

    Indeed the overwhelming hostility expressed the business methods by Congress

    Excpet this is a comepletely bogus thought. If that “overwhelming hostility” was really there, Congress could have easily written: “No patents for business methods.” They expressly did not do so. Your view is mirrored in the failed Stevens view of Bilksi.

    Nowhere in any Supreme Court holding (or even controlling dicta) was there any such direction for a technology based patent eligibility criteria. You saw what you wanted to see, not what was there.

  198. 63

    This is a problem of judicial administration. The abstract idea of funneling all patent appeals through the Federal Circuit simply does not work in practice. It does not work because a substantial part of that court sees itself primarily as protector of the patent system and not as judges applying laws as these have been interpreted by the Supreme Court. The Federal Circuit has become a court of patent fan boys. The way out is to strip it of jurisdiction over patent cases, and return appellate jurisdiction to two or three important circuits (e.g. 2nd, 9th etc.). Yes, this would on occasion result in conflict between a few circuits, but such conflicts are a routine part of our overall judicial system and might result in some better jurisprudence for the Supremes to chew over than they have been getting out of the Federal Circuit

  199. 62

    “The obvious problem is that the Supreme Court has not made clear what it means by “abstract.””

    Because only tards need it spelled out for them. :/ You have to hold lawlyer’s hands through every tiny step or they manage to f it up.

  200. 61

    Hey no need to get all high and mighty about Congress. This is strictly a court battle. If you read [the law enacted by Congress], meaning section 101, you’ll see that it provides no exceptions. This entire line of thinking is the Supreme Court’s own judicial rewriting of the statute. Actually, I’m pretty sure the legislative history of the 1952 act would favor keeping these judicial exceptions as narrow as possible. (Remember the 52 act replaced “art” with “process”)

  201. 60

    There are differences in patent law as between the US and Europe but in the same the similarities are strong

    Nice, and besides being completely besides the point, no one said otherwise.

    The point is that you missed on the difference.

    It is all the difference in the world.

    Further (in in reference to your comment below of “But for the benefit of VIVE LA DIFERENCE this is a primarily matter of FACT, not LAW.“) you continue to make errors in law. It very much matters between 101 and 103. Saying claims unpatentable because of 103 simply legally is not the same thing as saying claims not eligible because of 101.

    That you even allude to such is highly disappointing.

  202. 59

    Some years ago one of the judges in the Federal Circuit very kindly gave me a tour of the court. He spent over an hour with me, not counting lunch. But when we came to the cafeteria for lunch, that person would not even let me buy lunch for both of us. They may on occasion be wrong, but it is not credible that CAFC judges are corrupt.

    It was said (I believe during the second world war) of our civil servants that an enemy had no need to corrupt our civil servants because the damage they can do in their uncorrupted state is quite sufficient. That remark should NOT be taken to apply to the members of the CAFC: I have read many of the court’s decision and by view is that its members give exceptionally skilled and able service.

  203. 58

    Paul, I agree that there does not seem to be any fundamental difference between the claims in Bilski and the claims in this case except that in this case the claims don’t wholly preempts the business method in that they have specific limitations such as the recording the transactions on a ledger at specific times and in a specific order.

    I thought that Bilski was more about the abstract concepts being claimed rather than about wholly preempting that concept. I thought the Supreme Court was trying to send a clear message that while they were not categorically excluding business methods, they were providing a roadmap to the Federal Circuit to exclude business methods except where the inventive concept was directed to technology. We all seem to understand that point. Indeed the overwhelming hostility expressed the business methods by Congress should have also sent a clear warning to the Federal Circuit. But now we have this Alice in Wonderland case: Alice Corporation.

    The Federal Circuit really seems to like patenting business methods.

  204. 57

    But Paul, somebody was clever enough with naming the various elements of the abstract idea spuriously to give the impression of concrete structure inside a computer, and so to bamboozle the CAFC majority. Patent lawyers (and ex patent lawyers) instinctively admire such skill.

    Could this case be taken en banc. It does seem to be a useful vehicle. And both the parties presumably have 1. strong, legitimate and justified hopes of winning and 2. pockets deep enough to sponsor the show and not duck out to deprive us all of the fun.

  205. 56

    because the claims here, especially the method claims, are indistinguishable in subject matter from the claims in Bilski

    BZZZZT – wrong.

    Try again.

    (this time try reading the case and making note of stipulated facts)

  206. 55

    The obvious problem is that the Supreme Court has not made clear what it means by “abstract.” Recall that Bilski simply declared the claims in that case abstract without explaining why. This lack of explanation was noted by the Stevens dissent, and was a point of discussion here on Patently-O for quite a long time.

    This case attempts to determine what the Supreme Court meant by abstract: did they mean abstract in the sense that mathematically abstract concepts such as risk were being manipulated, or did they mean that the claimed subject matter was too broadly stated so as to preempt all practical applications of the claimed subject matter?

    This case, I believe, came down on the side of preemption because the claims here, especially the method claims, are indistinguishable in subject matter from the claims in Bilski: they claim a method of managing risk in a business transaction. Therefore we should conclude from the holding that if the claimed subject matter is not manifestly trying to wholly preempt the claimed subject matter, it is patentable subject matter; and, regardless of whether the claim as a whole is directed to a business method, as is the case here, the claim presents patentable subject matter if it has specific limitations so as to not preempt all uses. The case seem to also suggest that a stricter scrutiny may be required if the claim is manifestly trying the claim a law of nature or fundamental principle.

    This holding seems to open the door wide, very wide, for the patenting of business methods. Indeed, it is hard to see, using methodology of this case, why the claims in Bilski were not patentable subject matter. Perhaps all the Bilski claims needed to do was to record the current state of the risk it was seeking to hedge on a ledger in order to determine at a particular time when the level of risk was reduced to a predetermined number?

  207. 54

    They are boring because they do not disclose anything technically new and worthwhile. In that respect they are very, very boring.

    From Monty Python’s Vocational Guidance Councellor sketch:

    Counsellor: Well I now have the results here of the interviews and the aptitude tests that you took last week, and from them we’ve built up a pretty clear picture of the sort of person that you are. And I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that the ideal job for you is chartered accountancy.

    Anchovy: But I am a chartered accountant.

    Counsellor: Jolly good. Well back to the office with you then.

    Anchovy: No! No! No! You don’t understand. I’ve been a chartered accountant for the last twenty years. I want a new job. Something exciting that will let me live.

    Counsellor: Well chartered accountancy is rather exciting isn’t it?

    Anchovy: Exciting? No it’s not. It’s dull. Dull. Dull. My God it’s dull, it’s so desperately dull and tedious and stuffy and boring and des-per-ate-ly DULL.

    Counsellor: Well, er, yes Mr Anchovy, but you see your report here says that you are an extremely dull person.

  208. 53

    The CAFC is so unbelievably corrupt it is just sickening. If Congress were not so paralyzed by Republican obstructionism, they would wake up and just take patent cases away from them. Our only hope now is that the Supreme Court starts accepting every appeal from the CAFC and summarily reverses it. Not likely, however, given the increasing corruption on SCOTUS.

    Someone needs to take a deep look at bank accounts and financial transactions between corporations and CAFC judges. There is undoubtedly some serious dirt there.

  209. 52

    Now you see just how “gross” your “mistake” was Paul.

    Methinks there are about the same number of readers here who mistakenly suppose that they know how to perform an EPO-style Problem and Solution Approach to obviousness as there are that mistakenly think they know how (19th century) the EPO implements the TRIPs “all fields of technology”.

    Me, I’m beginning to suspect the CAFC and SCOTUS judges have more difficulty than do the EPO Appeal Board members, in grasping what 21st century C-I subject matter falls within the rubric “technology” (and what does not).

  210. 51

    I don’t think that backbone or its converse are what is wanted: merely logical and workable analysis.

    Judge Prost says: “According to the specification, the best mode of the invention may be implemented with “[a] large range of communication hardware products,” “[o]ne amongst many of [which] are personal computers and associated printers.” Id. col.7 l.65–col.8 l.3. Other options include “a mini ormmainframe computer,” “a tone dialing telephone,” or even “a voice connection via an operator.” Id. col.8 ll.6-12. As far as an actual system is concerned, therefore, implementation is irrelevant—anything goes. Instead, the specification discusses at length and in painful detail various forms of transactions, contracts, order processing, order authorization, risk management, and other finan-cial concepts. Even a quick glance at the ’720 patent reveals that the claimed invention is not about physical systems; it is the abstract idea of risk-management in financial transactions carried out on an already known infrastructure. That invention, even if new, is an unpatentable abstract idea.”

    Unfortunately in this case IMHO she is absolutely right and the claims should be held unpatentable, though whether under 101 or 103 is a more debatable subject. But for the benefit of VIVE LA DIFERENCE this is a primarily matter of FACT, not LAW.

  211. 50

    “If the supreme court really wants to [overturn the law enacted by Congress], they’re going to have to spell it out in black-and-white over a range of fact patterns.”

  212. 49

    It’s simple: US law allows patents for anything in the Useful Arts, which is not as constrained as the “technical arts.”

  213. 48

    Not sure what you mean by “boring” Paul, in the context of a mere patent claim. The intellectual struggle to find a clear way to define the limits of eligibility under 35 USC 101 is not at all boring, as i am sure you agree.

    Mind you, at risk of causing annoyance, I will say that if you had applied the word “boring” to some patent lawyers and to some contributers to this blog, I would have agreed wholeheartedly.

  214. 47

    We all make mistakes

    As Oliver Cromwell said: “I beseech you in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” I may well be mistaken and may well have overlooked some important point which is self-evident to any US practitioner but not to me. But do me the favour of explaining what it is.

  215. 46

    I never said the laws were boring. it is the CLAIMS that are boring.

    There are differences in patent law as between the US and Europe but in the same the similarities are strong. If an application is thrown out for lack of inventive step by the EPO (as these patents were) that has to go into the BAD FACT column, and the prognosis for enforceability is poor.

    And although law is a matter of obsessive interest in the US, most cases are won or lost on the FACTS, and the relevant facts do not change much between Washington and Munich.

  216. 45

    6 — will you ever learn anything? Oral arguments are for show. The written briefs are for dough. This case was (properly) lost long before their attorney opened his mouth.

  217. 44

    Yeah Judge Linn, stick it to the man! I like this. If the Supreme Court really wants to cut back on patent eligibility, they’re going to have to spell it out in black-and-white over a range of fact patterns. The CAFC should not be in the business of trying to do a mind-meld with Supreme Court mumbojumbo when (1) decades of precedent are contrary and (2) the statute doesn’t say anything about any of these exceptions. Prost is obviously giving Prometheus a fairer reading, but given the stakes and the plain foolishness of the Prometheus decision, you have to admire Linn and O’Malley for showing some backbone.

  218. 42

    Jason,

    You portray this ruling by the majority as “sweeping” and rightly so.

    However, the level of detail involved, the integration of all of the pertinent post-Bilski 101 cases and the hewing to the Bilski edict of “In disapproving an exclusive machine-or-transformation test, we by no means foreclose the Federal Circuit’s development of other limiting criteria that further the purposes of the Patent Act and are not inconsistent with its text” sets a far stronger position then the rest of your write-up indicates.

    The CAFC uses all of the right Supreme Court catch phrases in etching out the expanse of patent eligibility that Congress (rather than the Supreme Court in their implicit reading) uses in Congress’s text.

    I would remind 6 that “limiting” does not necessarily mean more limiting, but rather means using their judicial role to set what they believe the proper limit to be — in view of the actual text used by Congress. I would also remind you that this is a precedential opinion. It is indeed law that you must follow.

    The CAFC is indeed taking aim at the Supreme Court for supremecy of patent law, daring the Supreme Court to do more than implicit reading. If the Supreme Court wants to limit patent eligibility, they will need to take a (much more than they may dare) active role in writing that limit. On the heels of a 9-0 decision, this is a masterpiece of gamesmanship. Scholars of jurisprudence should be salivating over this decision. This modern day gambit is every bit as interesting a political battle that Marbury v Madison was in its time.

  219. 41

    No one except A-holes care about such typos.

    You should be apologizing for the far more gross mistake of law.

  220. 40

    Sorry that US law bores you Mr. Cole.

    Maybe you can chase your boredom away by making sure you understand and apply the correct law.

    MaxDrei is correct: you need to pay attention to the differences in law (“in the USA, free from the restraints of Art 52 EPC“), and those differences matter here.

  221. 39

    with what appears to be a fairly good track record.

    Besides the instant case (in which your jubilation of the DC is grossly misplaced), exactly which “track record” are you referring to?

  222. 37

    The claims at issue here are boring. I have read about a perfectly marvellous invention, But this was not it! (apologies to Grouch Marx).

  223. 36

    “5. It is impermissible for the court to rewrite the claims as it sees them. The invention is defined in the claims by the patentee, not the court. See 35 U.S.C. § 112.”

    The “Patentee” . That is the Actual Inventor.

    No one knows more about what the invention is than the person that invented it! Not any Court, Judge, and especially not ANY Patent Examiner.

    Take the claims as a whole. Read them in light of the specification. And let the chips fall where they may.

    All this “stripping away” and dissection nonsense is just that, nonsense!

  224. 35

    Woah there Paul! Not so fast and loose with the “mere” word. Especially from Europeans, this might irritate and, as you recently reminded me, we Europeans must be careful not to do that. I’m trying to take your advice but from time to time I can’t resist teasing.

    For some readers here, a clever “administrative mechanism for providing a business solution to a non-technical problem”, even though a “mere idea”, is the highest form of inventive activity, fully deserving of a 20 year exclusive right. And, in the USA, free from the restraints of Art 52 EPC, why not?

    Some of my best claims could easily be dismissed as a “mere idea”. Indeed, apparatus claims the EPO finds totally patentable are now getting rejected in the USPTO as being nothing more than “abstract”. But my novel idea claims were properly directed to technical means to solve a technical problem in a non-obvious way, and on that basis the EPO issued them, Ha Ha.

  225. 34

    Logically there is much to commend the majority view as a general approach, but if this case goes further it appears more likely that the views of the dissent will prevail. The facts seem more favorable towards the minority view. Corresponding applications were refused by the EPO on the ground that what was being claimed was a mere administrative mechanism for providing a business solution to a non-technical problem, citing the well-known decision in T 0172/03 Order management/RICOH.

    It appears to be accepted by the majority that a claim which in essence is a mere idea implemented in a commonplace way on a computer system is unpatentable. It is not clear in the present case that what is being claimed is in reality anything more than that, at least on my present reading of the decision. The distinction between the invention in this case and that in Bilski does not shine forth, although if you consult the specifications of the patents in issue you will see that the method claimed had been disclosed in some detail.

  226. 33

    It looks to me that this “nothing more than” approach is getting closer to the statutory EPO approach of Art. 52(2) and (3) EPC, which states that the ineligible subject-matter is to be excluded from patentability only if the application (i.e. its claims) is directed to such subject-matter “as such”.

  227. 32

    Back in the days of chemical, mechanical and electrical inventions, the inventor had an embodiment and thought it to be an invention. The patent attorney knew better. To get protection worth something, the attorney exercised his/her training and skill, to abstract the inventive concept from the embodiment, and then claim it.

    So, in those days, every claim was necessarily directed to an abstract concept.

    With computer-implemented methods of doing business, however, it’s very different. The inventor comes up with an abstract concept, an algorithm, which might well be ingenious, creative, clever. Implementing it (“apply it” as somebody once wrote) comes later, but is NOT where the inventive activity lies. It isn’t the patent attorney any more, who is conceiving the inventive concept.

    So I agree with Jason, that the courts are struggling to see for themselves, in any particular case, what is “the invention” and what is the concept.

  228. 31

    Yeah the oral args supported what I figured probably happened. The dude in the arguments got out argued because he is not 100% on what the abstract idea inquiry is about. He’s close, like 80% there, but not 100%. And that last 20% lost him the case because he let the other side frame the issue too much as being about a compoooter. And it shows in the opinion. The level of non-thinking in it is quite apparent.

  229. 29

    “Seems the GD war is not going very well for the Anti Patent crowd.”

    I wouldn’t say that, at least the DC’s apply the law now, with what appears to be a fairly good track record.

  230. 28

    SCOTUS does directly speak to the topic. It’s called the entirety of the SCOTUS’s 101 caselaw. None of those cases were “manifestly” abstract. Benson was using a computer, a computer more specifically programmed than the instant one. Flook, again using a more specifically programmed computer than the instant one. Prometheous was directed to a method of sticking someone in the arm with a needle (among other delivery methods), I doubt if that person would consider it “manifestly” abstract when it was being performed upon him.

    This “manifestly” subjective nonsense has no place in the 101 jurisprudence, this will last no more than 3 mo.

  231. 26

    The problem is that the law isn’t clear, and because of the adversarial judicial system, there’s no way to get an interpretation of the law out of the courts without creating a controversy first. Believe me, an advisory opinion would be better for everyone, but they just don’t do that sort of thing.

  232. 25

    I haven’t read this case, so I’m not commenting on, but expounding on the law in general.

    To the extent an opinion is inconsistent with a prior Federal Circuit panel, it is not the law of the land. Prior panel decisions can only be overruled by the full court en banc or the Supreme Court. Of course, as we have seen time in and time out with decisions on inequitable conduct, patentable subject matter and many other areas of law, Federal Circuit judges completely ignore this.

    Stare decisis means less and less these days to federal judges. In the next opinion, Judge Prost will be part of the majority, and we’ll get the opposite result. There is no certainty that patent lawyers crave; don’t be fooled otherwise. You are at the mercy of who you happen to get on your panel. It’s the luck of the draw.

  233. 24

    Anyone else notice how silent MM has been regarding the Office Integration Analysis Guidance?

    MM, will not dare address “Integration Analysis”. Which means Ned is totally lost without his MM back up. And 6…well 6 is just as clueless as ever. Seems the GD war is not going very well for the Anti Patent crowd.

  234. 22

    6, this case is about the abstract idea exception. Therefore the court only had to do the Concept and Application analysis.

    Prometheus is about the Law of Nature exception, which established the “integration analysis”. You know, the standard you are afraid to apply to Ultramercial’s claims by using the new USPTO Guidelines on Integration?

    Well, there has not been a ruling applying the “Integration Analysis” to abstract ideas yet, but it is coming!

    Then you will have Concept, Application, Integration for all your 101 analysis needs! That’s your 101 future!

    On a side note the court really wiped the floor with your erroneous notion that preemption was this all encompassing, unlimited 101 test!

    “(3) focusing on the “preemptive force” of the claims as an independent test for eligibility when “[n]either the Supreme Court nor this [c]ourt has ever suggested that ‘preemption’ of a method or idea that is not a fundamental principle renders a patent claim invalid under section 101, nor that preemption is a separate step of the section 101 analysis if a claim has been determined not to be abstract,” id. 35-36.”
    CLS BANK v. ALICE CORPORATION

    Seems to mind someone B Slapped you with that fact 3 or 4 years ago. What was that good commenters name again? AI? :-)

  235. 21

    You really expect basic legal understanding from the anti-patent folk here amidst their whailing and gnashing of teeth?

  236. 20

    The more correct analogy is “just like the Supreme Court will pound into the dust those Diehrbots (pre-Bilski prediction).

  237. 19

    Sorry dude … unless the SCOTUS directly speaks to the topic, you are STUCK with Federal Circuit case law.

    hahahahahahahaha

  238. 18

    “which is why the PTO ought to force the issue with some 101 rejections in suitably high-profile applications”

    Force the issue? The USPTO is part of the executive branch. Their job is not to make the law or interpret the law — their job is to enforce the law.

    If the executive branch wants to lobby Congress to change the law — that’s OK. However, it is not OK for the USPTO to ignore the law.

  239. 17

    What is also funny is that Prometheus obviously would turn out to be patent eligible under this nonsensical “standard” or whatever they’re calling it.

    It’s called The Law.

    And it’s funny that you think that the process in Prometheus was so integrated into a specific machine and did not pre-empt an entire “basic truth” as the instant claims were found to be in such state. So…

    other than being completely wrong, you would be right.

  240. 16

    “The Supreme Court will pound them into dust”

    Like the did your whacky mental steps theory? Oh, wait..they completely ignored that. LOL!

  241. 15

    Anyone else notice how silent MM has been regarding the Office Integration Analysis Guidance?

    It’s as if the canard of [old_step]+[new_thought], what was the phrase: 6 said in reply to MM…
    No, they will pound [it] until [it] cease[s] to exist at all. [Its] name[] will be erased from the histories and nobody will ever know [it] even existed.

  242. 14

    The depth of your critical and insightful legal analysis is stunningly underwhelming.

  243. 13

    Oh, and then we will have DCAIT! Diehr Concept, Application and Integration Test!

  244. 12

    ” In assessing patent eligibility, a court must consider the asserted claim as a whole. Diehr, 540 U.S. at 188.”

    Excellent.

    “It is inappropriate to dissect the claim into old and new elements and then to ignore the presence of the old elements in the analysis. This is particularly true in a process claim because a new combination of steps in a process may be patentable even though all the constituents of the combination were well known and in common use before the combination was made. The ‘novelty’ of any element or steps in a process, or even of the process itself, is of no relevance in determining whether the subject matter of a claim falls within the § 101 categories of possibly patentable subject matter.”

    Well done. Over all this case is a text book application of the D-CAT Diehr Concept and Application Test.

    Next up, we have the “integration analysis” on board. Soon as the CAFC comes back with it’s Ultramercial decision in view of Prometheus we will get a new set of USPTO Office Guidelines on Integration that extend to abstract ideas.

  245. 11

    Hardly, I am oathbound to follow the law, and I cannot in good conscience follow down the road these rebels trod.

    Unless they decide to declare open rebellion, which for all intents and purposes is exactly what they’ve done save for the formalities. In which case I may well join their side. But I’m not really on board with their platform and I don’t think they have raised an army of yet. They’re going to need a big one, the US army is quite large and I think they’ll be on the side of the USSC.

  246. 10

    And we will hopefully see this beauty go to the USSC for what may be the final 101 battle for many decades.

    I wish, but I fear it’s unlikely. We already got two big decisions on the topic that manage to do little more than say, “There’s no bright-line rule. We just sniff out patent ineligible claims from their tremendous stench.” The PTO is waiting for the courts to make up their minds, and SCOTUS is waiting for Congress to do something. And none of it is going to happen on its own, which is why the PTO ought to force the issue with some 101 rejections in suitably high-profile applications.

  247. 9

    “Correct, in other words, they worship at the alter of the draftsman.”

    And who would that be that draftsman? –> a patent attorney. It is nice to see the worship we deserve.

    Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! My-yummy!

  248. 8

    FYI — unless this case goes to SCOTUS it is the “law of the land” at the USPTO.

    hahahahahahaha

  249. 7

    I’ve posted quite enough in a row, but I simply must note that I’m excited about this case. Finally, after long years of waiting, the actual law gets pitted against the nonsense spread by the Federal Circuit for so long in what appears to be a near perfect vehicle. This case right here may well end the dispute I’ve been having for years on these boards, and so far we have the DC saying I was tots right, and a couple of federal circuit holdout rebels saying I was tots wrong, at least under their new reasoning. And we will hopefully see this beauty go to the USSC for what may be the final 101 battle for many decades.

  250. 6

    ” The majority sees the “invention” as rigidly defined by the claims: “ignoring claim limitations in order to abstract a process down to a fundamental truth is legally impermissible,” and accuses the dissent of doing just that. Slip Op. at 23.”

    Correct, in other words, they worship at the alter of the draftsman. The USSC obviously just told them to pick up their sht and stop worshiping the draftsman. Apparently they’re still unwilling to do so. Probably because they’re having a hard time wrapping their minds around where the line was supposed to be drawn for the last 200 years and they know they’ve been letting people get away with murder for at least the last 25.

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    What is also funny is that Prometheus obviously would turn out to be patent eligible under this nonsensical “standard” or whatever they’re calling it.

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    No, they will pound them until they cease to exist at all. Their names will be erased from the histories and nobody will ever know they even existed.

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    Watch for this opinion to get reversed by an en banc panel or vacated by the USSC. Very quickly.

    Indeed, it will follow Prost’s opinion, because that is the law as established by the USSC regardless of whether the majority here feels as if they are free to make up new law that practically nullifies the old law as they go along. However, even Prost’s opinion includes a small snaffu talking about the need for an “inventive concept” which isn’t really required to pass the abstract idea analysis, it is merely one way to pass it. The primary other way is to simply steer clear from preempting on an abstract idea period in the first place.

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    In any event, given the fundamental disagreement between the majority and dissent, this will be a case to keep a close eye on.

    Those claims are at least as cr-ppy as Bilski’s claims. The Supreme Court will pound them into dust.

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