Federal Circuit Reverses Finding of Indefiniteness for Claiming Both an Apparatus and a Method

MASTERMINE SOFTWARE, INC. v. MICROSOFT CORP.: Oct. 30, 2017. Before Newman, O’Malley, Stoll.   Takeaway: System claims containing functional language are not indefinite for covering both an apparatus and a method if the claims merely use permissible functional language to describe the capabilities of the claimed system. Procedural Posture: Alleged Infringer …

En banc CAFC affirms district court holding that claims are invalid as not directed to eligible subject matter

  Case: CLS Bank International v. Alice Corporation, No. 2011-1301 (Fed Cir. May 10, 2013) (en banc) (precedential). Procedural posture: Appeal from D.C. district court holding claims invalid as not directed to eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. CAFC sitting en banc affirmed per curiam by a divided court. …