SKGF_Presentation_Computer-Related Patent Law, Strategy and Trends - Release 1.8_2004

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SKGF_Presentation_Computer-Related Patent Law, Strategy and Trends - Release 1.8_2004

  1. 1. Computer-Related Patent Law, Strategy and Trends- Release 1.8 by Michael Messinger, Director April 2, 2004 © 2004, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. 248067.ppt
  2. 2. Strong Trends in Computer-Related Patents Broader Reach of Subject Matter International Harmonization Increased Business Value 1 1
  3. 3. Patent Right Exclusive Right to Prevent Others from Making, Using, or Selling Invention Territorial 20 Years from Date Application is Filed 2 2
  4. 4. Why? Bargain Theory Natural Right Economic 3 3
  5. 5. U.S. Patent Law - Sources of Authority U.S. Constitution Congress - Statutes Federal Agency - USPTO Rule Making Federal Courts - Unique Role of Federal Circuit 4 4
  6. 6. Patentability Standards Utility - 35 U.S.C. §101 New - 35 U.S.C. §102 Non-Obviousness - 35 U.S.C. §103 HPOSITA – Secondary Considerations – (long felt need, unexpected result, commercial success) 5 5
  7. 7. USPTO Maturing Examination Practice Software Guidelines Finer Subject Matter Classification Layered Review Reexamination Duty of Disclosure Filings 6 6
  8. 8. Application-Year Comparison 8000 7000 6000 U.S. Applications Filed 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 0 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Filing Date Year Class 705 (Data Processing: Business Processing, Management) Class 345 (Computer Graphics Processing, Operator Class 707 (Database and File Management) Class 706 (Artificial Intelligence)
  9. 9. Federal Courts More Uniform Patent Law quot;Valid, Not Infringedquot; Markman Practice Strong Remedies 9 9
  10. 10. Watch Your Step Wang v. AOL/Netscape (Fed. Cir. 1999) “displaying frames of data” Microsoft v. Multi-Tech (Fed. Cir. 2004) “transmitting the outgoing packet stream” 10 10
  11. 11. Strategy Harvesting Inventions Identifying Innovation of Value Special Difficulties for Software – Nature of Software Need for Technical/Business/Legal Increased Role of Computer-Related Patents in Company Life Cycle 11 11
  12. 12. Hot Areas Claim Construction Quality Patent Application Drafting Monetizing Patents Industry Practices: Standards, Open Source 12 12
  13. 13. Innovate! 13 13

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