Concrete Signs of an Abstract Idea: Vehicle Intelligence May Peek Into the Future of Invalidity

The patent world continues to struggle mightily with articulating the core “idea” of a patent and whether it is too “abstract,” in the wake of Alice. But the Federal Circuit’s recent nonprecedential decision in Vehicle Intelligence may offer some relief and guidance.

In determining whether a patent claims an “abstract idea,” the Federal Circuit will apparently check whether the patentee provides sufficient “details” for the claimed solution, and whether these details improve the technological functioning of the solution or just improperly broaden its scope.

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