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Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP: Federal Circuit Thumps Means-Plus-Function Computer Claims Again -- But Not Without Dissent

By Kerry Timbers , Co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group T he Federal Circuit has issued yet another ruling that looks at computer-based means-plus-function claims and finds them wanting. The message is unmistakable: Practitioners must adjust their approach toward writing claims for computer...

New Obstacles Are Raised to Protecting Computer-Related Inventions

Excerpt: Recent court decisions make it more challenging to protect computer-related inventions with patents. On September 5, in the case of Accenture v. Guidewire [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ] , the Federal Circuit issued a split decision holding that...