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Does Alice require fact questions or not? The Federal Circuit appears split.

Earlier this year, the Federal Circuit issued two precedential decisions that were predicted to stem the tide of early dismissals based upon Alice motions.  The cases were  Berkheimer v. HP and Aatrix Software v. Green Shades Software, and there were both deemed precedential by the Federal Circuit.  A recent concurrence at the Federal Circuit, however, shows that the Court may be splitting over the rationale underpinning Berkheimer and Aatrix, and that split may be heading for the Supreme Court. 

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The Federal Circuit sends a message about attorneys’ fees in Spineology v. Wright Medical

A recent precedential decision from the Federal Circuit sheds important light on how the Court views attorneys fees in patent cases.

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Yes, Judge Plager’s admonishment that district courts stop applying Alice does matter.

 On July 20, in an otherwise unremarkable opinion, the Honorable S. Jay Plager issued a stinging dissent that should resound throughout the patent community—and may, in fact, resound throughout district courts.  See Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., No. 2016-2502 (July 20, 2018).  Interestingly, Judge Plager did not dissent from the majority’s holding itself, but rather concurred in the reasoning of the majority.  Instead, and importantly, he dissented in the Federal Circuit’s “continued application of [Alice’s] incoherent body of doctrine.” Judge Plager’s dissent is nothing short of a recommendation that district courts stop applying the Alice doctrine, at least not until resolution of other defenses in the case. Does that matter?

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Can you patent blockchain?

Bitcoin is through the roof, and cryptocurrency technologies are drawing significant investment. Yet, regardless of whether bitcoin is a bubble, the long-term story remains that blockchain is slated to be the next potential big disruptive technology. Like any disruptive technology, those thinking ahead, including startups and established institutions, know that acquiring a portfolio of patents on blockchain features or uses could pay enormous dividends years from now. But the Supreme Court’s harrowing precedent in 2014, Alice v. CLS Bank, which has already doomed so many software patents, may create a formidable obstacle to acquiring blockchain patents.

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