Osha Liang Recognized as a Top Firm for Business Methods Applications

HOUSTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Osha Liang LLP has achieved a top-7 ranking by Juristat with successes in the area of e-commerce art units of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the law firm said today.

Selected from IP Today’s list of top firms for 2015, Osha Liang is recognized for business methods claims in the 3620s, 3680s, and 3690s e-commerce art units.

Jonathan P. Osha, Osha Liang’s managing partner, said, “We are pleased to again be included as one of the most successful firms at obtaining positive results for our clients. We believe it is indicative of the technical and legal strength of our team at Osha Liang.”

A variety of patent claims have become increasingly complex to navigate after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, which narrowed the patentability of certain types of inventions. After Alice, Juristat said, the percentage of applications receiving § 101 rejections in the e-commerce art units jumped dramatically to more than 80 percent from about 30 percent before.

Juristat said, “Since Alice, allowances in the 3620s, 3680s, and 3690s are an increasingly rare sight, the case having wreaked havoc on the way examiners and courts interpret business methods applications. Many allege that Alice is being applied so overzealously that software and business methods patents are not long for this world. [Osha Liang], however, has adapted to this changed landscape remarkably well.”

Osha added, “Our firm continues to be a leader in understanding how best to obtain broad, enforceable patents for the clients we represent. The proactive approach we are taking in this area continues to generate valuable patent rights on behalf of our clients.”