Trading Technologies International, Inc. v. IBG LLC


Question(s) Presented

“In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. 208 (2014), the Court declined once again to define the scope of the ‘abstract idea’ exception to patent eligibility created by this Court. It did, however, assume that claims that ‘purport to improve the functioning of the computer itself’ would be patent eligible. Here, panels of the Federal Circuit held, in conflict with other panel decisions, that computer implemented inventions providing useful functionality to users, but without improving the basic functions of the computer itself in a manner akin to improved hardware, are directed to abstract ideas and therefore patent ineligible.”

“Accordingly, the questions presented are:”

1. “Whether computer-implemented inventions that provide useful user functionality but do not improve the basic functions of the computer itself are categorically ineligible for patent protection.”

2. “Whether the Court should overrule its precedents recognizing the ‘abstract idea’ exception to patent eligibility under the Patent Act of 1952.”

Posts About this Case

Proceedings and Orders
August 13, 2019
Application (19A171) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until October 18, 2019.
November 14, 2019
Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including December 23, 2019, for all respondents.
January 8, 2020
DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/24/2020.
January 27, 2020
Petition DENIED.