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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]]. Case law provides the official interpretations of the [[Legislation in the USA|legislation]].
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The highest court, the [[US Supreme Court]], has not directly examined the question of the patentability of software ideas, but it has taken decisions on closely related [[patentable subject matter]] in a triplet of cases in the 70s and early 80s ([[Gottschalk v. Benson (1972, USA)|Benson]], [[Parker v. Flook (1978, USA)|Flook]], [[Diamond v. Diehr (1981, USA)|Diehr]]), and in the 2010 [[Bilski v. Kappos]] case.
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A lower court, the [[US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit]] (CAFC) has upheld many software patents.
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It will take time for case law to be developed around the Bilski decision of 2010.  See: [[patentability in the USA after Bilski]].
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==The main cases==
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Most recent first; cases at the Supreme Court in '''bold*''':
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* '''[[Bilski v. Kappos (2010, USA)]]*'''
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* [[in re Bilski (2008, USA)]]
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* [[KSR v. Teleflex (2007, USA)]]
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* [[Microsoft v. AT&T (2006, USA)]]
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* [[eBay v. MercExchange (2006, USA)]]
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* [[AT&T Corp. v. Excel Communications Inc. (1999, USA)]]
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* [[State Street v. Signature Financial Group (1999, USA)]]
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* [[In re Lowry (1994, USA)]]
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* [[In re Alappat (1994, USA)]]
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* '''[[Diamond v. Diehr, 1981]]*'''
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* '''[[Parker v. Flook (1978, USA)]]*'''
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* '''[[Gottschalk v. Benson (1972, USA)]]*'''
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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 06:25, 20 August 2010

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

The highest court, the US Supreme Court, has not directly examined the question of the patentability of software ideas, but it has taken decisions on closely related patentable subject matter in a triplet of cases in the 70s and early 80s (Benson, Flook, Diehr), and in the 2010 Bilski v. Kappos case.

A lower court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has upheld many software patents.

It will take time for case law to be developed around the Bilski decision of 2010. See: patentability in the USA after Bilski.

Contents

The main cases

Most recent first; cases at 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

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