• Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank: Did the Supreme Court Sign the Warrant for the "Death of Hundreds of Thousands of Patents"?
  • July 1, 2014 | Authors: John V. Biernacki; Gregory A. Castanias; David M. Maiorana
  • Law Firms: Jones Day - Cleveland Office ; Jones Day - Washington Office ; Jones Day - Cleveland Office
  • Many software and internet companies have secured patents to protect their technology investments. For some companies โ€” especially startups โ€” software or business - method patents may be their only valuable assets. In recent years, those kinds of patents have been attacked for being too abstract โ€” and thus not eligible for a U.S. patent under 35 U.S.C. ยง 101. This trend has been welcome news for companies defending against software or business method patents in litigation, but at the same time, it presents challenges for companies seeking to patent, license, and enforce their innovations.