Alice v CLS Bank

By Jonah Comstock 04:38 pm March 27, 2017
Two of the biggest digital health patent cases in recent years -- Jawbone versus Fitbit and Teladoc vs American Well -- were ultimately decided based on the precedent set by a 2014 Supreme Court case called Alice v CLS Bank. Two experts at Fenwick & West LLP, writing for the patent law blog IP Watchdog, believe that Alice has led to the rejection of many digital health patent applications as...
By Jonah Comstock 10:34 am July 21, 2016
Another day, another digital heath patent invalidated by the courts. After an International Trade Comission judge invalidated Jawbone patents in May and a federal judge invalidated American Well patents in June, now another ITC judge has nixed a number of Fitbit patents, likely on the same grounds. Bloomberg broke the news. Those closely following the sprawling legal drama of Fitbit and Jawbone...
By Jonah Comstock 02:07 pm June 15, 2016
It's looking more and more like the path to victory in the major turf wars of digital health will not be through patent litigation. Earlier this week, a Massachusetts federal judge Indira Talwani ruled that American Well's telehealth patents, which the company had sued Teladoc for allegedly infringing, were unenforceably broad. She cited the same Supreme Court precedent, Alice v. CLS Bank, that...
By Jonah Comstock 03:22 pm February 12, 2016
Updated with statement from Fitbit. Fitbit's ongoing legal battle with Jawbone about patents has heated up recently, as Fitbit claims that certain Jawbone patents are overly broad and thus invalid. Fitbit is challenging a Jawbone patent before the US Patent and Trade Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as asking the ITC to throw out three others based on a Supreme Court precedent....