Michael Lafeber Discusses the CLS Bank Software Patent Case in Law360

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February 22, 2013

Michael Lafeber recently contributed to Law360’s article, “Fed. Circ. Aims For Clear Rules On Software Patents.” The article discusses the Federal Circuit’s February 8, 2013 en banc rehearing of its earlier decision addressing the patentability of computer-based inventions. “The court is likely to better articulate what the test is for deciding what is patentable subject matter for these types of computer-implemented patents…They may also raise the bar and make it more difficult to get patents on these broad, arguably abstract ideas,” Lafeber commented.

Lafeber is a shareholder in Briggs and Morgan’s Minneapolis location. He is vice-chair of the Intellectual Property Section and concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation, including trademark, patent and copyright disputes, cyber law, licensing disputes, and unfair and deceptive business practice claims. He writes regularly for the IntellectualIP blog, a Briggs and Morgan and University of Minnesota Law School – Educational Co-Sponsored blog. Lafeber has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Super Lawyers, and most recently, a “top 40” intellectual property attorney. The CLS Bank case, which was heard by the full Federal Circuit on February 8, has the potential to provide much-needed clarity on when inventions implemented using a computer are eligible for a patent.