Categories: Published Articles Date: Feb 5, 2018 Title: Patent Eligibility of Online Application Software After Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc.
Patent Eligibility of Online Application Software After Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc.
This article analyzes a Federal Circuit decision from 2015, Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc., 790 F.3d 1343 (Fed. Cir. 2015), holding that the claims for a method, computer system, or computer-readable storage medium, for providing an intelligent user interface to an online application were patent-ineligible. Internet Patents may indicate that the possibility of patenting online application software or programming is closed. Reciting a computer or software mechanism in a claim may not be helpful because the computer or mechanism elements may merely implement general functions of a computer, which cannot add any inventive concept into the claim.
99 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 97(2017)If you would like to read the full article and other published articles, subscribe to the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, for more information click here.