• Certain Uncertainty: The Future of Computer Software Patents
  • October 26, 2015 | Authors: Rajit Kapur; Binal J. Patel; William E. Wooten
  • Law Firms: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Washington Office ; Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Chicago Office ; Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Washington Office
  • Since the Alice decision1 came down last June, the world of computer software patents has been upended, both in litigation and in prosecution. In the realm of prosecution, patent applications dealing with e-commerce and business methods have been hit particularly hard at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with Alice rejections, but even those applications dealing with relatively more “technical” concepts have also been facing a harsh new reality in which eligibility rejections are lurking behind every corner and claim amendment.