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'''Case law in the USA''' is the collection of rulings handed down by the [[USA patents courts and appeals|courts that deal with patents]] in the [[USA]].
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The highest court, the [[US Supreme Court]], has not examine [[patentable subject matter]] since the 1981 case [[Diamond v. Diehr (1981, USA)|Diamond v. Diehr]]. This case was interpreted by some as validating software patents, but this position is far from clear.  Since then, the [[US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit]] (CAFC) has upheld many software patents.
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A change occurred in 2008 when the CAFC rejected a [[business method patent]] in the case [[in re Bilski]].  The test they used, known as the [[machine-or-transformation test]], also narrows or closes the scope for patenting software ideas.  The Supreme Court is reviewing this new test in the [[Bilski v. Kappos]] case.
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==The main cases==
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(Cases as the Supreme Court in '''bold''')
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* '''[[Gottschalk v. Benson (1972, USA)]]'''
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* '''[[Parker v. Flook (1978, USA)]]'''
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* '''[[Diamond v. Diehr, 1981]]'''
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* [[In re Alappat (1994, USA)]]
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* [[In re Lowry (1994, USA)]]
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* [[State Street v. Signature Financial Group (1999, USA)]]
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* [[AT&T Corp. v. Excel Communications Inc. (1999, USA)]]
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* [[eBay v. MercExchange (2006, USA)]]
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* [[Microsoft v. AT&T (2006, USA)]]
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* [[KSR v. Teleflex (2007, USA)]]
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* [[in re Bilski (2008, USA)]]
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* '''[[Bilski v. Kappos (2010, USA)]]''' (pending)
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==Possibly interesting==
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* [[Quanta v. LGE (2008, USA)]] (see: [[patent exhaustion]])
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* O'Reilly v. Morse, (1853) ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O’Reilly_v._Morse Wikipedia page])
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* Graham v. John Deere, (1966) 383 U.S. 1, 6 (1966) ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_v._John_Deere_Co. Wikipedia page])
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* Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings v. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc., 548 U.S. 124 (2007)
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* NTP v. Research in Motion, Ltd., 397 F. Supp. 2d 785 (E.D. Va. 2005) ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTP,_Inc.#RIM_patent_infringement_litigation WP on NTP] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_In_Motion#Patent_litigation WP on RIM])
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* Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 1980
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* In re Iwahashi, 1990
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* Ex parte Yang-Huffman, Appeal 2007­2130, slip op. at 3 (Bd. Pat. App. & Interf. Oct. 4, 2007)
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* Northern Telecom v. Datapoint, 908 F.2d 931, 940-941 (1990)
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==Finding USA court documents==
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* Example, for [[i4i v. Microsoft]]: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-txedce/case_no-6:2007cv00113/case_id-101834/ - not very useful, but it's a start
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==Related pages on {{SITENAME}}==
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* [[USA patents courts and appeals]]
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* [[Court cases and lawsuits]]
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==External links==
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* [http://neuro.law.cornell.edu/supct/search/search.html?query=patent&scope=onlysyllabi Patent rulings by the Supreme Court]
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* [http://progfree.org/Links/prep.ai.mit.edu/index.html LPF's page contains links to various Amicus briefs, among other things]
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* [http://www.bitlaw.com/software-patent/history.html Bitlaw.com's History of software patents in the USA]
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* [http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/01/congress-weighs-patent-specialization-for-federal-judges.ars Congress weighs patent specialization for federal judges], by [[Timothy B. Lee]], 2009 - discusses a possible change in Judge selection
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* http://patentsusa.blogspot.com/ - will have to read it to see if it's interesting
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* [http://www.pubpat.org/garrodglossariesreleased.htm Dr. David Garrod's Glossaries of Judicial Claim Constructions Available Free of Charge]
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* [http://mises.org/daily/3702 Radical Patent Reform Is ''Not'' on the Way],  Stephan Kinsella - looks at cases, mostly which touched the obviousness criterion
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* [http://neuro.law.cornell.edu/supct/search/search.html?query=patent Patent Rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court], neuro.law.cornell.edu search engine
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* [http://www.bu.edu/law/central/jd/organizations/journals/scitech/volume141/documents/Klemens.pdf The Rise Of The Information Processing Patent], by [[Ben Klemens]]
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* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_patents_under_United_States_patent_law Software patents under United States patent law]
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* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_patent_law_cases List of United States patent law cases]
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Revision as of 11:59, 26 June 2010

Case law in the USA is the collection of rulings handed down by the courts that deal with patents in the USA.

The highest court, the US Supreme Court, has not examine patentable subject matter since the 1981 case Diamond v. Diehr. This case was interpreted by some as validating software patents, but this position is far from clear. Since then, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has upheld many software patents.

A change occurred in 2008 when the CAFC rejected a business method patent in the case in re Bilski. The test they used, known as the machine-or-transformation test, also narrows or closes the scope for patenting software ideas. The Supreme Court is reviewing this new test in the Bilski v. Kappos case.

Contents

The main cases

(Cases as the Supreme Court in bold)

Possibly interesting

  • Quanta v. LGE (2008, USA) (see: patent exhaustion)
  • O'Reilly v. Morse, (1853) (Wikipedia page)
  • Graham v. John Deere, (1966) 383 U.S. 1, 6 (1966) (Wikipedia page)
  • Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings v. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc., 548 U.S. 124 (2007)
  • NTP v. Research in Motion, Ltd., 397 F. Supp. 2d 785 (E.D. Va. 2005) (WP on NTP and WP on RIM)
  • Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 1980
  • In re Iwahashi, 1990
  • Ex parte Yang-Huffman, Appeal 2007­2130, slip op. at 3 (Bd. Pat. App. & Interf. Oct. 4, 2007)
  • Northern Telecom v. Datapoint, 908 F.2d 931, 940-941 (1990)

Finding USA court documents

Related pages on en.swpat.org

External links


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