Important Patent Law Decisions from 2016

by AEON Law on January 26, 2017


what were the most important

patent law cases?

CC0 Public Domain

2016 wasn’t especially momentous when it came to patent law decisions.

It pales in comparison to 2014, for example, in which the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the US Supreme Court — calling into question the viability of thousands of software-related patents.

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Federal Circuit

reverses district court on



The Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s ruling that a patent’s claims were indefinite and thus that the patent was invalid.

Sonix Tech. Co., Ltd. v. Publ’ns Int’l, Ltd. is a case involving Sonix’s patent for a system and method for using a “graphical indicator” (e.g., a matrix of small dots) to encode information on the surface of an object.

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Patent Law and Artificial Intelligence

by AEON Law on January 14, 2017

Patented robots —

but what do we do about

patents BY robots?

By Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz –, Public Domain,

The intersection of patent law and artificial intelligence raises all sorts of interesting philosophical and practical questions.

First of all, what do we mean by "artificial intelligence"?

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You May Now Legally Hack Your Car

by AEON Law on January 4, 2017

Hacking your auto

is no longer illegal;

should you do it, though….?

By Alexandre Dulaunoy from Les Bulles, Chiny, Belgium – Everybody needs a hacker, CC BY-SA 2.0,

You’re now free to hack some of the computers on your car — for a limited time only.

Of course, most people don’t have the expertise to do much with their car’s computer systems other than break them.

But those who enjoy tinkering under the hood may be surprised to learn that a car’s computers have been legally off-limits — until now.

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Protecting Your Patents around the Globe

by AEON Law on December 27, 2016


Protect your patents:

a single application

may be the best choice


If you have an invention that will be sold and used around the world, you should strongly consider protecting your patent rights all around the globe.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “one-stop shopping” when it comes to patent protection. You’ll have to file in each country, each with its own fees and procedures.

(Europe is in the slowwwwww process of creating a Europe-wide patent. After being discussed for more than 40 years, a unitary patent for Europe may finally be available in 2017… or not…)

The good news is that you can use the “International Patent Application.”

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Why Women Should Be Getting More Patents

Patent gender gap — what can we do to close it — and why it matters Inventor and patent-holder Hedy Lamarr. By Employee(s) of MGM – source, Public Domain, We previously blogged about the serious gender gap in patent ownership.  A 2012 working paper prepared for the National Bureau of Economic Research showed that […]

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Supreme Court Rules for Samsung in Apple Design Patent Case

US Supreme Court: Samsung May Not Have to Pay As Much to Apple By Google – Android, CC BY 2.5, The US Supreme Court has ruled that Samsung may not have to pay $399 million to Apple for copying the patented design of Apple phones. Apple had sued because Samsung copied certain design elements […]

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When is an invention "Technological"? And why does it matter?

"Technological"? When can software get patents? It still isn’t clear. By LPS.1 – Own work, CC0, 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 […]

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Federal Circuit Says Lip Sync Software Patent Claims Aren’t Abstract

Federal Circuit Finds that lip sync software claims aren’t really abstract By © copyright Blender Foundation /, CC BY-SA 3.0, The Federal Circuit has ruled that the claims of software patents for synchronizing the lip movements of animated characters are not abstract. The case of McRo, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America involved […]

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Federal Circuit Says that PTAB Misused "Common Sense"

What is "common sense" when it comes to patent law? Read on to find out… By Scanned by uploader, originally by Thomas Paine. –, Public Domain, The Federal Circuit, in the case of Arendi SARL v Apple Inc., recently reversed a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The decision was […]

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