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'Alice' Before 'Alice'


September 21, 2pm ET


The story of how the USPTO first began systematically denying patentability to software inventions long before Alice v. CLS Bank International.

Join us on Thursday, September 21 at 2:00 PM ET for a free webinar where we will discuss the following in detail:

  • Before Alice, a large number of examiners were consistently refusing to give patentable weight to “non-functional descriptive material”
  • Many of these examiners are now the same examiners that refuse to allow software applications in view of patentable subject matter standards that have arisen since the Alice decision
  • Some examiners are even now continuing to utilize the “non-functional descriptive material” rejection basis
  • The long standing and obvious connection between assignment of an application to an art unit and aggressive utilization of the non-patentable subject matter rejection

Leading the webinar is Chris Holt, Vice President of Patent Analytics, LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®  and Megan McLoughlinProduct Director, PatentAdvisor

Chris Holt

Chris-Holt-Pic-683x1024-550131-edited.jpgChris Holt is Vice President of Patent Analytics, LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® and has over 15 years of experience as a patent attorney specializing in U.S. and foreign patents in the electrical and mechanical fields, as well as, computer hardware and software inventions. As the co-creator of PatentAdvisor, Chris has helped bring transparency to the opaque patent prosecution process with never before available patent data analytics. He is co-host of the LexisNexis® IP Solutions podcast Better Patents Now.


Megan McLoughlin


Megan McLoughlin is the Product Director for PatentAdvisor™. Previously, she worked as a patent attorney at the law firm of Nutter, McClennen, & Fish – primarily drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Her technical focus reached into a variety of industries, including medical devices, software, printers, and biotech. Megan has a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice, and a J.D. from Harvard Law. She is co-host of the LexisNexis IP Solutions podcast Better Patents Now.