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James J. DeCarlo, shareholder (left) and George David Zalepa, associate, Greenberg Traurig. (Courtesy photo)

Over the past four years, decisions by the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, as interpreted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, have had a dramatic effect on software-related inventions. These decisions have focused primarily on what comprises patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and whether a patent’s specification adequately supports the claims. While uncertainty still exists, recent court decisions, coupled with sound prosecution strategies, can be used to bolster a practitioner’s arguments before the USPTO and courts.

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