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Patent Eligibility of Software Innovations in a Post-Alice Environment

Format: On-Demand Video, DVD, or PDF Transcript
Originally presented: October 04, 2017

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Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, protecting software innovations through the patent process has become more challenging and filled with uncertainty. 

However, the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) have increasingly decided cases interpreting the Alice decision, providing more clarity as well as specific examples of how claims can be structured to maneuver around the Alice decision’s restrictions. Technology transfer and IP professionals need to be aware of the shifting sands of patent practice for software-related innovations so they can effectively evaluate software-related invention disclosures and craft the strongest, most defensible claims when making an investment in patent protection.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with attorney Tyson Benson to lead this one-hour session that will feature dozens of critical strategies and takeaways:

Patent Eligibility of Software Innovations in a Post-Alice Environment

Here’s a brief look at the agenda:

  • Review of the Alice decision to understand what brought us here
  • How to conduct the two-part test for patentability under Alice
  • Review of pertinent Federal Circuit and PTAB decisions, including:
    •  McRO v. Bandai
    • Thales Visionix v. U.S.
    • Visual Memory v. NVIDIA
  • Best practices for evaluating patent eligibility of software-related invention disclosures
  • Claim construction tips and tactics
  • Alternative strategies for IP protection – copyrights and trade secrets

PLUS! Hear the original recorded Q&A session!

Meet Your Session Leader:

Tyson B. Benson
Harness, Dickey and Pierce, PLC

Tyson’s current practice is focused on providing patent protection and portfolio management strategies for his clients’ most important technologies. He is also regularly involved in securing trademark protection, negotiating profitable licensing agreements, providing litigation support and conducting freedom to operate analyses. Tyson takes pride in serving clients that range from start-ups to universities to Fortune 500 companies. As a patent attorney who began his career as a computer engineer, he understands the importance of innovation and has the technical expertise to serve clients from virtually any industry. He is highly regarded for being an enthusiastic advocate for his clients’ work and for safeguarding their assets through the approvals process and onto the open market.  Tyson is a frequent speaker and webinar guest on topics that include patent prosecution, legal updates, and intellectual property.

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