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Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp.

Petition for certiorari denied on October 2, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-1288 Fed. Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issues: (1) Whether the inquiry under 35 U.S.C. § 101 requires courts to ignore the specification, as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held, or whether courts should ascertain the true scope of the claims in light of the specification and intrinsic record in determining whether they are drawn to a patent-ineligible concept; and (2) whether an otherwise revolutionary technological breakthrough is not an “inventive concept” under the second step of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International merely because the court believed the breakthrough could theoretically be implemented without a computer.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Mar 13 2017Application (16A892) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from March 28, 2017 to April 27, 2017, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Mar 15 2017Application (16A892) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until April 27, 2017.
Apr 27 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 30, 2017)
May 30 2017Brief of respondent Mentor Graphics Corporation in opposition filed.
May 30 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago in support of neither party filed.
Jun 13 2017Reply of petitioner Synopsys, Inc. filed.
Jun 14 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 25, 2017.
Sep 22 2017Supplemental brief of petitioner Synopsys, Inc. filed. (Distributed)
Oct 02 2017Petition DENIED.
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