The Expanding Reach of the Abstract Idea – What Is and Is Not Patentable Eight Years After Alice (Live MBHB Webinar)

Tues., Feb. 15, 2022 | 10:00-11:15 a.m. CT | Live MBHB Webinar via WebEx

When describing the judicial exceptions to patent eligibility, the Supreme Court famously warned us that “one must tread carefully in construing this exclusionary principle lest it swallow all of patent law.” And yet, year after year and case after case, the Federal Circuit seems to be expanding the notion of abstraction to the point that it renders the common definition of that word meaningless. First, financial transactions were deemed too abstract for patenting. Then, inventions relating to computer networking, garage door openers and electric vehicle charging stations, suffered the same fate. In 2021, dual-camera mobile phones and cardiac monitoring systems were shot down in a similar fashion, violating the common-sense notion that “if you can drop it on your foot, it is not abstract.”

Please join MBHB partner Mike Borella as he reviews the current state of patent eligibility and how the exclusionary principle is licking its lips. But in addition to sounding the alarm, he will offer attendees an unconventional take on what courts are actually looking for in order for claims to be found eligible – valuable information that might just save your inventions from judicial doom.

Presenter(s): MBHB attorney Michael Borella, Ph.D.

While there is no fee to participate, all attendees must register in advance and, in order to receive MCLE credit, must participate online AND individually.

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