Do abstract ideas become patentable subject matter when implemented by a computer?

On June 25, 2014, in Case Law, News, Patents, by Natalie Raffoul

By J. Duffy, N. Raffoul, A. Brion On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the matter of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. This case determined the validity of Alice’s patent claims, which pertained to a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating “settlement risk” by using a third-party intermediary. The Court essentially […]

FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL RELEASES AMAZON.COM DECISION

On November 28, 2011, in News, Patents, by Natalie Raffoul

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) largely approved Justice Phelan’s reasons in the lower court.  “I agree that no Canadian jurisprudence determines conclusively that a business method cannot be patentable subject matter.”  However, the FCA critized Justice Phelan’s “practical embodiment or practical application” test. The FCA allowed Amazon.com’s appeal from the Commission and requires the Commissioner […]

Canadian Federal Court decides that business methods are patentable subject matter in Canada

On October 17, 2010, in Patents, by Natalie Raffoul

AMAZON.COM, INC. (Appellant) and THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA, and THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS (Respondents) Yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada finally ruled on an appeal of a decision by the Commissioner of Patents to deny the Appellant’s patent for a “business method”, having found that it was not patentable subject matter under s. 2 […]