Tagged: 35 USC § 101

Third Circuit District Courts Take Aim at Non-Patent Eligible Patents Under § 101

In a pair of recent decisions issued just days apart, the District of Delaware and the District of New Jersey have found patents relating to online transaction guaranties and financial services to be non-patent eligible pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 101. Practitioners may wish to take heed …. In buySafe, Inc. v. Google, Inc., C.A. No. 11-1282-LPS, Dkt. 69 (D. Del. July 29, 2013) (Stark, J.), buySafe asserted its online transaction guaranty patent, and Google moved for judgment on the pleadings pursuant to Rule 12(c). Ultimately, Judge Stark of the Delaware District Court granted defendant’s motion on the grounds that the patent-in-suit was invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because it is directed to non-patent-eligible subject matter. In so ruling, the Court noted that on the face of the patent, it described that the entire inventive process could be performed by a human.

Prometheus Re-bound: Supreme Court Reverses in Mayo v. Prometheus Labs

In a much anticipated decision, a unanimous Supreme Court today reversed the ruling of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and held that Prometheus’ process is not patent eligible. Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., No. 2008-1403, slip. op. (Fed. Cir. Dec. 17, 2010), rev’d, 566 U.S. __ (2012). Mayo purchased and used medical diagnostic tests based on Prometheus Labs’ patents, but later sold and marketed its own diagnostic test. Prometheus Labs brought suit, asserting that Mayo’s test kits infringed its patents.