Software developers can’t get a patent simply for taking an abstract idea and implementing it on a computer, the U.S. Supreme Court said, ruling for the first time in decades on protection for software innovation.
The Washington Redskins football team’s trademark registration for its nickname was canceled by a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appeals board, limiting the club’s ability to prevent its use by others.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a closely-watched copyright case involving a classic Hollywood film may have dealt a knockout punch to a commonly used affirmative defense in a much broader range of cases, including patent litigation.
U.S Supreme Court justices are facing the task of determining whether computer software programs that draw on non-computerized principles— a category that could encompass countless types of programs — are eligible for patents.
U.S. lawmakers, influenced by companies including Cisco Systems Inc., Eli Lilly & Co. and Qualcomm Inc., are considering the second set of patent-law changes in three years as the courts try to race ahead of Congress.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision limiting the rights of some patent holders, upheld a $5 million award against a home appliance maker for persuading retailers to sell a copycat version of an SEB SA deep fryer.