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16 July 2013
The Federal Circuit has upheld the patent eligibility of US 7,346,545: a patent directed to providing a consumer with copyright content for free over the internet in exchange for the consumer viewing an advertisement. The decision has been widely lampooned by the tech industry and points to a widening split in the US judiciary on the question of patent eligible subject-matter.
3 July 2013
On 10 May 2013, the Federal Circuit released an en banc decision about the eligibility of Alice Corp’s computer-implemented inventions under 35 U.S.C. 101. At issue was whether the claims are excluded from eligibility for being drawn to an “abstract idea”.
19 June 2013
On 6 May 2013 the European Commission (EC) gave its preliminary view that Motorola Mobility’s seeking and enforcing of an injunction on the basis of its standard-essential patents (SEPs) was an abuse of a dominant position and thus prohibited by EU competition law.
18 June 2013
In Microsoft v. Motorola, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington became the first US court to set fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND or RAND) licencing terms for standard-essential patents (SEPs). The 207 page opinion attempts to establish guidelines for the interpretation of RAND licencing of SEPs.

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