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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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'''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]].
  
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 ideasThe Supreme Court is reviewing this new test in the [[Bilski v. Kappos]] case.
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The highest court, the [[US Supreme Court]], has only ruled on certain aspects of the software and [[patentable subject matter]].  From the 70s and early 80s, there's [[Gottschalk v. Benson (1972, USA)|Benson]], [[Parker v. Flook (1978, USA)|Flook]], and [[Diamond v. Diehr (1981, USA)|Diehr]]More recently there's [[Bilski v. Kappos|Bilski (2010)]] and [[Alice v. CLS Bank ruling by US Supreme Court on 19 June 2014|Alice v. CLS (2014)]] and one important non-software case, [[Mayo ruling by US Supreme Court on 20 March 2012|Mayo (2012)]].
  
==The main cases==
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A lower court, the [[US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit]] (CAFC) has upheld many software patents but the Bilski and Alice rulings by the Supreme Court should reduce the CAFC's ability to continue doing so.
  
(Cases as the Supreme Court in '''bold''')
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==Chronological list of articles==
 
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List of articles on {{SITENAME}} analysing US court rulings. Newest first:
* '''[[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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* [[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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* [[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==
 
==Possibly interesting==
  
* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O’Reilly_v._Morse O’Reilly v. Morse]
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* O'Reilly v. Morse, (1853) ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O’Reilly_v._Morse Wikipedia page])
* Ex parte Yang-Huffman, Appeal 2007­2130, slip op. at 3 (Bd. Pat. App. & Interf. Oct. 4, 2007)
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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])
* Graham v. John Deere, 383 U.S. 1, 6 (1966)
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* Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings v. Metabolite Laboratories, Inc., 548 U.S. 124 (2007)
 
* 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)
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* [[NTP v. RIM (2000, USA)|NTP v. Research in Motion, Ltd.]], 397 F. Supp. 2d 785 (E.D. Va. 2005) - nope, isn't case law.  Just an example of a troll
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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)
 
* Northern Telecom v. Datapoint, 908 F.2d 931, 940-941 (1990)
 
* Northern Telecom v. Datapoint, 908 F.2d 931, 940-941 (1990)
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* Prater & Wei<ref>http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2010/09/in-defense-of-software-patents-part-2.html</ref>
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* "Johnson"<ref>http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2010/09/in-defense-of-software-patents-part-2.html</ref>
  
 
==Finding USA court documents==
 
==Finding USA court documents==
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* [[USA patents courts and appeals]]
 
* [[USA patents courts and appeals]]
* [[Microsoft v. AT&T (2006, USA)]]
 
* [[In re Lowry]]
 
* [[In re Alappat]]
 
* [[State Street v. Signature Group (1999, USA)]]
 
 
* [[Court cases and lawsuits]]
 
* [[Court cases and lawsuits]]
  
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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
 
* [http://mises.org/daily/3702 Radical Patent Reform Is ''Not'' on the Way],  Stephan Kinsella - looks at cases, mostly which touched the obviousness criterion
 
* [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
 
* [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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* [http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2013/07/a-few-recent-section-101-cases-at-the-ptab.html A few recent Section 101 cases at the PTAB], 8 July 2013, '''[[Patently-O]]'''
 
* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_patents_under_United_States_patent_law Software patents under United States patent law]
 
* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_patents_under_United_States_patent_law Software patents under United States patent law]
 
* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_patent_law_cases List of United States patent law cases]
 
* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_patent_law_cases List of United States patent law cases]
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Latest revision as of 10:39, 20 April 2015

Some recent case law is documented in Patentability in the USA after Alice

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 only ruled on certain aspects of the software and patentable subject matter. From the 70s and early 80s, there's Benson, Flook, and Diehr. More recently there's Bilski (2010) and Alice v. CLS (2014) and one important non-software case, Mayo (2012).

A lower court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has upheld many software patents but the Bilski and Alice rulings by the Supreme Court should reduce the CAFC's ability to continue doing so.

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[edit] Chronological list of articles

List of articles on en.swpat.org analysing US court rulings. Newest first:

[edit] Possibly interesting

  • 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) - nope, isn't case law. Just an example of a troll
  • 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)
  • Prater & Wei[1]
  • "Johnson"[2]

[edit] Finding USA court documents

[edit] Related pages on en.swpat.org

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2010/09/in-defense-of-software-patents-part-2.html
  2. http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2010/09/in-defense-of-software-patents-part-2.html


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