Patent Jobs 2014

We have a new set of Patent Law job postings on the Patently-O Job Board:

95 thoughts on “Patent Jobs 2014

  1. 7

    The Supreme Court of the United States of America intends the two step test to be applied with an Integrated framework. And it’s an undisputed fact that the lower courts , including the Ultramercial panel have ignored the Courts Integration Analysis and proceeded to disintegrate claims.

    So, if I hired an Attorney today, I would choose the one with the legal acumen to read the following opinion from Alice and use it to frame a question that would result in certiorari being granted by SCOTUS.

    “Accordingly, in applying the §101 exception, we must distinguish between patents that claim the “ ‘buildin[g] block[s]’” of human ingenuity and those that “integrate” the building blocks into something more, Mayo, 566 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 20), thereby “transform[ing]” them into a patent-eligible invention, id., at ___ (slip op., at 3). The former “would risk disproportionately tying up the use of the underlying” ideas, id., at ___ (slip op., at 4), and are therefore ineligible for patent protection. The latter pose no comparable risk of pre-emption, and therefore remain eligible for the monopoly granted under our patent laws.” (Emphasis Added )

    1. 7.1

      A patentability standard without a definition of its foundational term (“abstract”) is no standard at all.

      Extinguishing — or blocking the granting of — patent rights based on such a standard is therefore a denial of due process and unconstitutional.

      1. 7.1.1

        Good post Steve. The lower courts believe that Bilski and Alice stand for fundamental economic practices being one of the “ ‘buildin[g] block[s]’” of human ingenuity, and therefore abstract. This is apparently so even when executed on a computer.

        And while this is problematic in itself a much bigger issue is when the courts do not complete the Supreme Court’s Integration Analysis and determine if the alleged abstract economic practice is “Integrated” to the point the economic practice itself is not preempted. Because as the Court said, ” The latter pose no comparable risk of pre-emption, and therefore remain eligible for the monopoly granted under our patent laws.”
        Without this second step the courts are doing no more than identifying patents or applications that involve fundamental economic practices, AKA business methods and software, and declaring the patent or claim invalid.

        Therefore the question must be asked of the Supreme Court, is this what you intended in Alice?

        If their answer is yes then we have a judicially created exception to business methods and software never intended by congress. And yes that would be a constitutional problem.

  2. 6

    Speaking of jobs, who would you hire? Someone who thought State Street Bank was correctly decided or one who thought that case should have been overturned sooner than it was?

    1. 6.1

      Your choices are critically flawed (suffering from the ‘6-is-a-genius-because-he-believes-in-the-same-thing-I-do” syndrome.

      You hire the one that cuts through the malarkey and makes the best case for either result (and optimally can do so for both results).

    2. 6.2

      Seriously Ned? You want to use this as a litmus test. The right answer is the person needs to be able to represent their client. If that means arguing for Alice, then we have to do it. If that means arguing against Alice, then we have to do that.

      Are you sure you are an attorney?


          The (obvious) key is not generating the nonsense argument that “the next person” can.

          The key would be to integrate the counterpoints put on the table for discussion and still effectively argue for the desired ends through legitimate means.

          (and yes, this has not yet happened for the anti’s viewpoint)

      1. 6.2.3

        I agree. First, it was the Freeman-Walter-Abele test, followed later by the “concrete, tangible, and useful” test, followed by the “machine or transformation” test, followed by the current “abstract idea + more” test. It changes so much that one has to be able to argue whatever the current rules are.

        Plus, for prosecution, it’s a moot point anyway. Even if one disagrees with the Alice decision, we’re three levels (PTO, CAFC, SC) away from that decision and have to get patents through the PTO. Whoever is on the other side at the PTO is who is important, along with whatever his or her (explicit and hidden) rules are. Supreme Court cases are interesting to discuss, but not that relevant in terms of actual implementation.

  3. 5

    Is RPX the anti-NPE?

    “The firm acquires potentially problematic patents in the open market and out of litigation that would otherwise be used offensively against its clients.”

    Interesting idea — buy the patents before the NPEs can.

    1. 5.1

      Yeah, but that creates value and a market for patents. The big money players don’t want to waste that kind of money on something so trivial as purchasing other people’s inventions. Better to just have the courts rewrite the law.

  4. 4

    Since this thread is nominally about jobs (right?), perhaps it is the place to ask: Have recent SCOTUS decisions like Alice had a noticeable impact on the market for patent lawyers? If “not yet,” do you expect that they will?

    1. 4.1

      It hasn’t yet, at least in terms of lateral hiring. Friends of mine still getting routine recruiter calls (think senior associate level).

    2. 4.2

      I can’t answer your question directly, but I can point out that these decisions appear to have increased the free amount of time that a certain few attorneys have available to troll this site.


            Not at all – just exposing your duplicity.

            (yes, you should have thought of that first – that you did not is just another strike against you)


              …just another supporter of Malcolm that thinks that any civility rules only apply to other people.


                So… Anon… How much longer are you going to make it before the moderators delete your posts again? I see you are now up to one to two replies to yourself. Not quite the half dozen to dozen or so you used to do… I suppose I should be happy for that at least.

                I will note that you are certainly getting bolder as time moves on from when you last got your leash yanked. I can only assume you are trying to find that ever elusive line in the sand… So do you have some idea of when you will completely return to your old ways? The temptation must be growing.

                1. What you note is certainly not germane, not even correct.

                  But any time that you want to return to the discussion of the legal topic, the points before you still await.

                2. “huh does smell like MM.”

                  What does a MM smell like? Can you describe your last MM smelling experience?


                3. Disrespectful to patent law and science. Intellectually dishonest. Judicial Activist. A middleweight hitter. About 90 percent of his posts are red herrings. No great intellect, but half a step up from the dregs that push Google’s agenda.

  5. 3

    Here’s another non sequitur, this one purely for the lulz:

    Last week, Leading Edge Novelty initiated a scorched earth litigation campaign based on US7617624 (entitled “Musical Water Tank” and which covers fundamental innovation in the musical water tank arts), suing defendants that include KMart, RadioShack, WalMart, and Target.

    Link to one of the accused products: link to

    Get yours now, before a preliminary injunction goes into effect.

      1. 3.1.1

        In-house, you do realize that “needed to” sounds in the “but for” mode and that “but for” is only one reason (and most definitely not the only reason) for our having a patent system, right?


            no problem – I am calm.

            Your lead-in was a great place to make the point about the patent system being here for more than just the “but-for” reasoning.

            I am actually happy you made your post – thanks!

  6. 2

    Wealthy speculator Evan Zur:

    link to

    “Many people are moving toward medical devices and bio-pharma, following the path of least resistance,”

    Fascinating. So investors like to invest and they will put their money in other areas when the junky “methods of bingo management” patent claims are taken away? Nobody could have predicted that …

    “Alice and all the decisions that devalued software patents might be overruled… buying cheap patents now and holding them might be a very good investment long term.” Keller (another wealthy speculator) would agree that the assets are quite cheap at the moment and could in time prove to be a good buy.

    Anybody want a patent on a method of managing a blackjack game?


    These decisions are never, ever going to be reversed.

    1. 2.1

      Your spin on the situation is incredible. So, capital is leaving the areas the SCOTUS has legislated aren’t eligible for patentability. Gee, sounds like bad news to me. Also, sounds like those patents must have been providing an incentive despite your endless yapping that the patents were not.

      1. 2.1.1

        “…despite your endless yapping…”

        Let’s leave the vitriol at home.

        “…those patents must have been providing an incentive…”

        When did he say they weren’t an incentive? Seems to me he’s been saying they shouldn’t exist, not that they weren’t an incentive.



          Thank you for writing that. Its getting tiresome to sift through NWPA’s posts which lately appear to only lament this new reality.

          Does anyone really want to read another post about the “royal nine” or judicial legislation or some other twist on the same theme?

          Its time to move on.


            You are aiming at the wrong person – the person with the most vitriol is not NWPA (not to say that he does not have vitriol – he certainly does).

            Your “it’s time to move on” is NOT accepted.

            It’s just too much like “it’s only Czechoslovakia”

            Even Justice of the Peace commissions were not (and should not) have been “just time to moved on.”


              “Your “it’s time to move on” is NOT accepted.”

              It’s just not accepted u guys. Just not accepted!



                You ‘lol’ but appearantly do not understand the context of the statement 6.

                “Do not go gentle into that good night.” (said in the best Dylan Thomas tones)


            huh: move on? What? So, someone says capital is moving away from what is arguably the most vital part of our economy and you say move on?

            In fact, huh, that fact is one of the best reasons for Congress to step in and remove Alice and it progeny.

            Nice you have your little views.


              Go write your representatives. Good luck with that. Seriously. But in the meantime, while you are waiting for that change, how about not subjecting the rest of us to daily posts of lamentation about the recent change in law.


                change in law

                Probably without even being aware, huh runs a smack into a critical issue:

                Tell me huh, which single branch of the government has actually been sanctioned and given authority to change patent law?

                1. So you take the position that the Supremes have no place creating legal precedent with regard to patent law? Oh wait… “there is a difference between reading a map and writing a map” or some such.

                  I’ll go ahead and file away that nugget with your “grand hall experiment” and whatever other nonsense you contrive.

                  I’m sorry to inform you that the Supreme Court has been “legislating” (as you put it) for a long long long time. Of course that’s learned in first year con law.

                  I’m doubly sorry they didn’t do what you wanted them to in this case.

                  Go write them a letter. Tell them they overstepped. I’m sure they will listen.

                2. Go ahead and file – it’s in your folder called “Things to call vacuous names but not address the substantive legal points thereof”

                  You do realize what else was learned in first year con law (or hopefully earlier).. Hint: separation of powers.

                  Maybe you also learne about the Act of 1952…

                  (and yes, the Court does overstep, or are you one of the acolytes who think that the a Royal Nine can do no wrong?)

                  If you are an attorney, may I ask which state you are sworn in? I’d like to see what your oath says about the constitution.

                3. Hilarious. Thanks for the laugh anon.

                  With regard to your crisis…

                  Have you heard of congress being even the slightest bit worried about your supposed constitutional crisis?

                  Maybe they haven’t noticed. Without your letter they may never notice. Better get writing. lol.

                4. Is it just me, or does “huh” smell a lot like Malcolm?

                  (Either that, or it’s a good impression, down to the choice of moniker and the Vinnie Barbarino meme of ‘Huh? What?’

                5. Have you heard of congress being even the slightest bit worried about your supposed constitutional crisis?

                  But … Czechoslovakia!

                6. “Is it just me, or does “huh” smell a lot like Malcolm?”

                  As everyone who has been following this blog for any length of time knows quite well, anyone who disagrees with you is obviously MM. And MM is a paid blogger because he disagrees with you and OBVIOUSLY must be paid to do so given your logical and coherent position.

                  I wonder how long before moderators start deleting your posts again. That was pretty funny. Almost as hilarious as when you were responding to your own responses again and again and again.

                7. I wonder why you have not answered my question as to whether you are an attorney and what state oath you have been sworn in under.

                  Your kicking up dust is a tired tactic. Let’s get back to the discussion, shall we? (or do you think the oath to the Constitution above the Royal Nine is also “tenuous”…?)


                I am on nobodys side, and with the same effect, I dont think anyone is on my side.

                To be frank, I didnt want Alice to have happened. Its bad for business. My business. Really bad.

                But its here. Thats reality. And its not going away.

                Complaining endlessly about the fact that its here is just wasting everyone’s time.


          RH: “endless yapping” is not vitriol but an accurate description of what MM has said. He has said over and over that these types of technologies don’t need patents and this was also stated by Lee, although a bit more indirectly.

          So, RH, huh? Which posts of MM have you been reading?

      2. 2.1.2

        “Gee, sounds like bad news to me. ”

        Sounds to me like the useful arts might just get a shot in the arm. And lives might be saved.

  7. 1

    Good to see places hiring.

    Here’s a non sequitur: Yesterday, Galaxy Gaming sued In Bet Gaming on U.S. Patent No. 7175180. (In the District of Nevada, of course.)

    Here’s claim 1:

    1. A method of playing a card game, comprising the steps of:
    providing at least one deck of playing cards;
    dealing two cards to a player, and dealing at least one non-player card;
    forming a first player hand, wherein said first player hand includes said two cards dealt to said player and said non-player card;
    resolving said first player hand in accordance with predetermined rules; and
    after resolving said first player hand continuing with a blackjack game with said two dealt cards, wherein the resolution of said first player hand is independent of the blackjack game.

    This patent seems pretty vulnerable w/r/t eligibility. Anybody want to agree or disagree?

    1. 1.2

      “Resolving a game” according to “rules” is about as abstract as you can get and that’s really all there is here, the cards being old, the dealing being old, and blackjack being old.

      Never mind the fact that everyone who’s played card games during their life has looked at their hand and “resolved” it according to the rules of different games (i.e., ‘I wish I were playing blah blah’). How is this different?

      Gaming claims without objectively described new physical structures are always going to present eligibility problems. That’s as it should be.

      Let’s focus on promoting progress with patents in areas where patents are needed to promote, not in the “field” of card games where kids all over the country are “innovating” games every day because — let’s face it — it’s just about the lowest form of “innovating” that there is.

      Anybody want to learn a new card game? I’ve got a million of ’em and I can sit here and type ’em out all day. Anybody can, as long as they’re not in a coma.

      1. 1.2.1

        Once again with the “objectively described new physical structures” mantra, masquerading as something more than what it is under the law: an option.

        It’s a nice option, but it is not a requirement.


          Yes, it is always an option to increase the odds that your patent is invalid junk!

          Thanks for the reminder.

          Want to play a new card game?



            You should probably try to remember that “what Malcolm does not like” is NOT the same as “invalid junk.”

            What is your problem with simple inventions? Your animosity is most bizarre. Were you not allowed to play games as a child?


              You should probably try to remember that “what Malcolm does not like” is NOT the same as “invalid junk.”

              There does seem to be a strong correlation, though…


          >>objectively described new physical structures

          Objective structure? That is what MM had to start calling real structure and he terms it “objective” meaning that subjectively he doesn’t believe it is structure.

      1. 1.3.1

        Books can “still be called a manufacture”, too.

        So what?

        Welcome to the 21st century where “I can put it on my desk” doesn’t matter for squat when it comes to evaluating the eligibility of a patent claim.

        As it should be.


          Great – but what is your point?

          Did you want to get ino another discussion of the law pertaining to the exceptions to the judicial doctrine of printed matter?

          That has not changed since the last time I schooled you.


            And who can reasonably conclude that any of those Fed Cir and CCPA cases on printed matter are still good law? The Supremes just got done telling us that an abstraction being “merely” applied to a computer isn’t enough, and you are somehow believing that there is some form of information (read: abstraction) that gets around this by using a sheet of paper?

            No way. That ship has sunk.

            Attempts to conclude otherwise sound a lot like the rationalizations of a person in denial.

            Do the Supremes need to explicitly make a list of CCPA and Fed Cir decisions that have been turned to dust on their website before you accept the fact that these cases are no longer good law?


              If the Supremes were going to say “no software” they would have.

              Not even Benson or Flook dared go that far.

              Try again, Huh.


                If you cannot see that the printed matter doctrine is toast, you are simply in denial.

                There is no logical way to distinguish those CCPA and Fed Cir cases over Alice. They are no longer good law.

                It was nice while it lasted, but its over now.

                1. The problem you have Huh, is that to get to that toast you had to not only burn down the kitchen, but you had to nuke the entire city – the “Gist/Abstract” sword has no limits.

                  This is not something to just [shrug] and “move on” from.

                  You do realize that you do NOT have the law that you think that you have, right? This is just not the surgical strike eliminating the exceptions to the judicial doctrine of printed matter that you think it is.

                  You are the one sadly mistaken here. You are the one that needs to open your eyes and see the extent – the full and logical extent – of what you think the law is here, of where your ‘logic’ takes you.

                  Own it – if you really want it.

                2. “The problem you have Huh, is that to get to that toast you had to not only burn down the kitchen, but you had to nuke the entire city – the “Gist/Abstract” sword has no limits.”

                  So you agree that the city of [abstract]+[old non-abstract] has been nuked. Great.

                  So far it appears that the judiciary is using it to take out just business method, software and software type claims, but maybe you are right and they will soon move to elimination all patent claims on all technologies.

                  I seriously doubt it, but we shall see. At this exact juncture, I’m not concerned.

                  What I do see is a small group of people who are very unhappy that their toy is getting taken away. Every day. Quite vocally unhappy. Every day.

                  Every. Single. Day.

                  Instead of filling this blog with various degrees of nonsense, why don’t you write your representatives?

                  Good luck with that.

                3. Same question as above, huh: which branch of the government has been sanctioned with the authority to write patent law?

                  (and do be careful dancing in that rain of fallout – you should be concerned about that)

                4. “Laws can be made by legislatures through legislation (resulting in statutes), the executive through decrees and regulations, or judges through binding precedents (normally in common law jurisdictions).”

                  link to

                  So I guess your question turns on what you mean by “write” and what you mean by “law.”

                5. Did they teach you the difference between statutory law and common law?

                  Is that why you have not yet answered my simple question on patent law?

                6. “Did they teach you the difference between statutory law and common law?

                  Is that why you have not yet answered my simple question on patent law?”

                  Gl with that chasing your tail around brosef.

                7. Trying to engage in a dialogue does at times appear to be “chasing my tale.”

                  But that’s an indictment not against me, 6, but against those who desire only to monologue and move on.

                  It is the primary reason why this blog does not reach its desired state.

                  The sad thing really, is that you either cannot see this, or you choose not to see this, and instead (yet again) descend to throwing out insults against those wanting a true dialogue.

                  What is it about actual discussion of counterpoints that scares you so much?

                8. “What is it about actual discussion of counterpoints that scares you so much?”


                  Sitting around telling us about “counterpoints”, or you and my discussing “counterpoints” does nothing at this stage anon. The government decided the matter. It’s done. It’s over bro. Even if you actually wanted a “dialogue” and knew what that was it’s too late bro. Now you just sit around and chase your tail.

                9. You understand so little, my friend 6.

                  May I suggest that you look into the number of times that your version of “done” has been un-done with changes to Supreme Court decisions (literally hundreds of times).

                  No 6, this is far from over.

                10. “It was nice while it lasted, but its over now”

                  Actually, it’s just beginning. The Court in Mayo reconciled its precedent with Diehr by describing the claims as “Integrated.”

                  The Court reiterated it’s position in Alice. And two Official USPTO Guidance memos, incorporating the Court’s Integration Analysis have followed since. So you can call NWPA and Anon as many names as you like, and ignore “Integration” to your heart is content. But it’s far from over, and definitely not going away.



                I don’t totally disagree with your concern about SCOTUS writing the law. However, to me that’s sort of a separate issue and has been going on for a LONG time in many areas of law, especially constitutional law. Usually they’re more along the lines of implicit inclusions (of rights) than implicit exclusions (of subject matter), but its basically the same.

                That said, hard to see how that will change, especially because (most) people cheer the changes when they’re ideologically in favor of them and jeer them when they’re not. Sounds like this is just one of the latter situations.

                1. go,

                  Your lack of appreciation of history and the separation of powers is a bit disappointing.

                  Patent law is a particular type of law with an explicit allotment of authority in our constitution.

                  General common law has no place here – by design.

                  Sure Congress can (and has) shared that authority. I have in the past provided such an example: see 35 USC 283.

                2. Go write the Supreme Court and tell them that.

                  Tell them how they overstepped.

                  Go ahead. Go.

                  As you are at it, make sure to inform congress that the supreme court has overstepped its authority due to separation of powers and whatever else you dream up that day.

                  They haven’t noticed yet. They need you to save the day. Without you they may never notice. lol.

                3. …save the day…?

                  Or perhaps we can discuss the actual issue here.

                  But that would mean that you would have to answer my questions to you and expose how little you actually know about the law and the allocation of particular authority under the constitution.

                  You would rather snipe than have that conversation.

                4. Just like the “ethics” opinions you toss out from time to time in a blatant attempt to snuff out opposing viewpoints (and were getting deleted for a while – and for good reason), I’m not interested in hearing your strained interpretation of the limits of judicial authority.

                  Alice happened. No amount of denial on your part is going to make Alice go away.

                  Worse for you, nobody is going to make Alice go away for you. Not the Supremes, not Congress… Nobody.

                  But you can write some letters. Maybe you, NWPA and 101 integration expert (now there is a hoot of a name) can start a letter writing campaign.

                  Best of luck. You will need it.

                5. Just like the ‘ethics’

                  Lol – you have a problem with ethics? Gee, why am I not surprised? What is your problem? That they exist? That it is apparent that your favorite person here does not ascribe to them? Let’s discuss.

                  Wait, you don’t want to hear / don’t want to discuss…

                  Um, you do know that this board is meant to encourage dialogue, right?

                  You mistake my vetting for correctness in law and fact as some type of “snuffing out” or dissuading dialogue and you could not be more wrong.

                  Snuffing out bad logic and “belief-system” propaganda that gets in the way of law and facts is a good thing and encourages meaningful dialogue (you know, shutting down the noxious monologue that you prefer).

                  You might try joining a dialogue based in understanding of law instead of your “I-don’t-want-to-hear” mantra.

                  (and if you think my views are “tenuous,” then by all means show that through a LEGAL discussion, not vapid name-calling)

                6. So lets say you are correct, and that the Supreme Court overstepped… So what?

                  Congress has the power to EXPLICITLY remove controversies under the patent act from the appellate jurisdiction of the Supremes. But they havent, and wont. You know why?

                  Right now the Supremes are doing Congress’ dirty work, and Congress is not altogether displeased with the outcome. At least not displeased enough to act. If you cant see that, I don’t know what to tell you.

                  So that leaves us with an empty discussion of some strained textualist interpretation of art 1 sec 8 cl 8 and the patent act (with its convoluted but interesting legislative history), the discussion of which being ultimately moot.

                  Like I said, its time to accept that Alice happened. Nobody is changing that.

                7. “Right now the Supremes are doing Congress’ dirty work, and Congress is not altogether displeased with the outcome.”

                  That is precisely the case.

                8. huh, the fact that a bunch of judges have proclaimed what reality is does not make it so.

                  To those of us that do not possess slave minds like you we care about what reality is.

                  Have fun in your psychotic mist with the Fed. Cir. and SCOTUS judges. Better hope they don’t proclaim a reversal of gravity and insist that you start walking on your hands. (Although I have no doubt you would do it and argue with us that gravity has reversed.)

                  Happy X-Giving slave boy.


              “Do the Supremes need to explicitly make a list of CCPA and Fed Cir decisions that have been turned to dust on their website before you accept the fact that these cases are no longer good law?”

              That would be super helpful to everyone involved.

    2. 1.4

      Mr. Right, what seems absolutely incredible is that anyone, anywhere, would consider a method of playing blackjack was patentable subject matter.

      1. 1.4.1

        Are you back to the “games are not patent eligible,” even though I cited for you patents for such dating back to the twenties?

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