- Can a Patent Violate the Laws of Chemistry and Physics? – In this blog post, Audrey Millemann of TheIPBlog.com explains that the quick answer is no, patents may not violate the laws of chemistry and physics.
- Federal Circuit Reaffirms Targeted Advertising Is an Abstract Concept – On NationalLawReview.com, three Finnegan attorneys report on a recent determination by the Federal Circuit that certain claims were directed to an abstract idea of targeted advertising.
Here’s the latest.
Can a Patent Violate the Laws of Chemistry and Physics?
In a post on TheIPBlog.com, Audrey Millemann reviews a decision by the Federal Circuit in In re Hu affirming the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s rejection of patent claims. Millemann reports that the Federal Circuit “compared the invention to inventions for perpetual motion machines and cold fusion” and “[t]here was no scientific support for the invention.”
Federal Circuit Reaffirms Targeted Advertising Is an Abstract Concept
Three Finnegan attorneys published an article at the National Law Review on Free Stream Media Corp. v. Alphonso Inc., where the Federal Circuit Court determined that “the claims were directed to the abstract idea of ‘targeted advertising.’” The article examines the decision and notes that “the Court was not persuaded that the claims embodied an ‘inventive solution to a problem’; rather, the Court found that the claims simply recited conventionally arranged generic components that, even as an ordered combination, failed to permit ‘communications that were previously not possible.’”