By Dennis Crouch
Patenting Software: Ex Parte Betts [Computer Associates], 2013 WL 3327142, Appeal 2010-004256, Application 11/132,649 (PTAB 2013) ("[W]e conclude claims 14-26 encompass software without physical embodiment, i.e., software per se, which is an abstract idea and not a "process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter," as required by § 101.")
Patenting Software: Ex Parte Krause [HEWLETT-PACKARD], 2013 WL 3246398, Appeal 2010-012129, Application 10/442,401 (PTAB 2013) (Claims directed to an "end station" within a network having an "aggressive timer." "Appellant contends that the Examiner erred in rejecting [the] claims … under 35 U.S.C §101 because the claims recite an "end station," which is defined as hardware. Appellant's argument does not cite evidence to rebut the Examiner's interpretation that the claim encompasses either hardware or software. Accordingly, we decline to reverse the rejection.")
Patenting Software: Ex Parte Barsness [IBM], 2013 WL 3362954, Appeal 2010-011009, Application 11/316,285 (PTAB 2013) (Claim directed to "computer-executable instructions tangibly recorded on a computer-readable media" construed to include "non-statutory, transitory embodiments." "[W]e find the Specification states the invention is capable of being distributed in the form of a wireless signal when exchanged from one signal-bearing medium to another. This falls within a propagating electromagnetic signal per se and thus, is not directed to one of the statutory categories.")
Patenting Software: Ex Parte Svendsen [Concert Tech], 2013 WL 3363110, Appeal 2011-001873, Application 11/837,876 (PTAB 2013) (Claimed media "control system" could be implemented as software. "As such, we are not persuaded by Appellants' argument that the mere recitation of a "control system" (even if the Specification describes it as being associated with a memory) is sufficient to make the claims patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 . . . as it does not play a significant part in the performance of the claimed steps." In short, the broadest reasonable interpretation of the claim language leads us to construe the "control system" as being directed to a computer program per se, which, as drafted, renders the claimed subject matter not patentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101. See Gottschalk v. Benson, 409 U.S. 63, 72 (1972)."
Patenting Method that Could be Performed by a Human: Ex Parte Xu [HEWLETT-PACKARD], 213 WL 3363011, Appeal 2010-009107, Application 10/767,075 (PTAB 2013) ("[C]laim 1 as a whole is directed to a sequence of steps that can be performed by a person. Accordingly, claim 1 is drawn to patent-ineligible subject matter and invalid under § 101.")
Patenting Device Attached to a Human is OK: Ex Parte Robert S. Bray, 2013 WL 3293616, Appeal 2011-013427, Application 11/686,054 (PTAB 2013) ("The claims recite a device positioned between two vertebrae not, for example, a human comprising a positioned device. The claims relate only to the correct placement of the device in the human patient, and as a whole, do not encompass a human organism. There is nothing in the statute, and we are unaware of any case, that categorically excludes such devices.")