When can software get patents?

It still isn’t clear.

By LPS.1 – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33974042

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, lower courts have struggled to define when software-implemented inventions are or are not patent-eligible.

Recently, we blogged about the McRo case, in which the Federal Circuit concluded that the claims of software patents for synchronizing the lip movements of animated were not abstract and were patent eligible.

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Microsoft Patent Flip

by Adam Philipp on April 24, 2012

MS flips patents;
AOL portfolio
Now goes to FB

As previously reported in this blog, Microsoft recently acquired a portfolio of 925 AOL patents (earlier reports said 800) for just over $1 billion.  Microsoft also acquired a license to several hundred additional patents that AOL kept, along with the ability to further sub-license those patent rights.

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Facebook Strikes Back

by Adam Philipp on April 17, 2012

In counter-attack,
Facebook strikes back at Yahoo
And buys more patents

As previously reported in this blog, Yahoo sued Facebook last month for patent infringement.

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