“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The more you examine the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Secured Mail Solutions v. Universal Wilde, which upheld the district court’s ruling that Secured Mail’s seven asserted patents were ineligible for patenting under 35 U.S.C. Section 101, the more you find its logic curiouser and curiouser, as Lewis Carrol’s Alice might have put it. These Secured Mail patents all address tracking mail through an encoded marking, e.g., a barcode, QR code or URL, on the outside of a mailer which is intended to provide information to the recipient about the contents and the sender.

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