Webinars

Past Webinars

  • Recorded Webinar from July 24, 2014
Are Abstract Technological Advances Patentable? Go Ask Alice

Please join Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP for a complimentary webinar, “Are Abstract Technological Advances Patentable? Go Ask Alice,” presented by Steven G. Parmelee and Nicholas T. Peters. The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 9:00 am PDT / 10:00 am MDT / 11:00 am CDT / 12:00 noon EDT.

As amply suggested by the many opinions offered by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in Alice v CLS Bank, in recent times, assessing patent claims for patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101 has seemed to entail uncertainty. The recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Alice confirmed that uncertainty, but in holding a financial software-related patent not patent-eligible, did the Supreme Court lead us out of the darkness and into the light?

During this webinar, we will discuss the following:

  • A brief recounting of recent precedent and administrative guidelines addressing patent eligibility
  • A review of the immediate precedential gestation of the Alice decision
  • How Alice makes some things clear
  • Whether we are any closer to understanding what is unduly “abstract”
  • What content those drafting patent applications can add to their claims to increase the patent eligibility of a claim that may include abstract subject matter

Our speakers are Fitch Even partners Steven G. Parmelee and Nicholas T. Peters. Steve has extensive experience in complex patent preparation and prosecution in the U.S. and abroad, and has assisted clients with global patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate issues, complex litigation, and transactions for over 35 years. In his wide-ranging IP practice, Nick uses his litigation and USPTO experience combined with his technical background in physics, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to assist his clients in securing and protecting their IP assets.
 

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