The Supreme Court's recent findings regarding patentable subject matter may result in yet another set of guidelines for patent attorneys and examiners as to how best draft software and business method applications. Patent drafters often load up patents with seemingly extraneous language for a number of possible of reasons. Not least is the conventional wisdom that they have nothing to lose: it can't hurt and can only help. They may be mistaken.
Discusses the legal and practical significance of US v. Chaidez and offers suggestions on dealing with similar claims after Chaidez for the many non-citizens who face deportation on the basis of criminal convictions.
In Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No. 11-864, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed and extended the rule that courts facing class certification requests must conduct a "rigorous analysis" to insure that the party seeking class certification has met its burden to "affirmatively demonstrate" compliance with Rule 23.