Federal Circuit cuts the line on patent-ineligible fishing method
Abstract: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has thrown back yet another patent aimed at what it considers a patent-ineligible abstract idea. While many of the earlier cases in which the court has applied the so-called Alice/Mayo test for patent eligibility have involved computer-implemented processes or software, the recent case revolved around something much more simple. This article highlights the Federal Circuit’s continuing trend to deny patents for abstract ideas. In re: Rudy, No. 2019-2301, April 24, 2020, Fed. Cir.