Federal Circuit Affirms: Payroll Patent Claims Ineligible Subject Matter
Mealey's (July 14, 2016, 12:39 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — An inventor’s concession that the claims of his patent are directed to an abstract idea, combined with findings that the claims recite nothing more than conventional steps beyond that abstract idea, led the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 13 to affirm a California federal judge’s determination that the patent is invalid under 35 U.S. Code Section 101 (Douglas Shortridge v. Foundation Construction Payroll Service LLC, No. 15-1898, Fed. Cir.).