Alice Series: Part 3. Now that it’s clear what ‘abstract concept’ is and how it applies to an ineligible patent, let’s discuss how to transform this lacking concept to patentable matter.
Alice Series: Part 2. The definition of an “abstract idea” by The Court is as follows: “a fundamental economic practice long prevalent in our system of commerce”, and a “building block of the modern economy.” The Court in Alice provides examples of ineligible claims of abstract ideas. Consider the following examples below:
Alice Series: Part 1. The Alice decision has changed the landscape of software patenting in the US. The Supreme Court provided a powerful negation of business method patents but with little guidance on where the line can be drawn for valid subject matter in the area of software and intangible computer inventions. The Court reaffirmed the Mayo test and brought it into the forefront. One thing is certain – USPTO Examiners are issuing 35 U.S.C. 101 objections at the faintest scent of a generic computer.