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Federal Circuit Relies on Claim Construction and Precedent to Find Software Claims Patent Eligible

Federal Circuit Relies on Claim Construction and Precedent to Find Software Claims Patent Eligible

Amdocs (Israel) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom, Inc., No. 15-1180 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 1, 2016) is the latest in a series of recent decisions in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a district court?ÇÖs finding of patent ineligibility under 35 U.S.C. ?º 101.?á In Amdocs, the Federal Circuit addressed the application of the judicially created ?Ç£abstract idea?Ç¥ exception to patent eligibility under the two-step framework set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) (following Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012)). The district court in Amdocs?áinvalidated the four patents asserted by Plaintiff-Appellant Amdocs (Israel) Ltd. as patent ineligible under ?º 101 using the two-step Alice/Mayo framework:?á US Patent Nos. 7,631,065 (?Ç£?ÇÖ065 patent?Ç¥); 7,412,510 (?Ç£?ÇÖ510 patent?Ç¥); 6,947,984 (?Ç£?ÇÖ984 patent?Ç¥); and 6,836,797 (?Ç£?ÇÖ797 patent?Ç¥). ?áAs discussed by the Federal Circuit, all… Continue Reading

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