Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

Patent-Eligible Subject Matter refers to the types of inventions that can be legally patented. The criteria for patentability varies depending on the jurisdiction. In the United States, for instance, if a... more +
Patent-Eligible Subject Matter refers to the types of inventions that can be legally patented. The criteria for patentability varies depending on the jurisdiction. In the United States, for instance, if a researcher discovers a naturally occurring substance, the substance itself cannot be patented. This issue was examined in a United States Supreme Court case, AMP v. Myriad, in regard to the patentability of human genes.  less -
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USPTO Tries to Address Public Misunderstandings Regarding Myriad-Mayo Guidance

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spent the entire afternoon session of today's biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting focusing on the guidance memorandum for determining the subject...more

U.S. Patent Office Issues Extensive Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The United States Patent Office periodically issues guidance for examiners (“Examiners”), often in response to a recent court decision or new statute. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless establish...more

USPTO Releases Examination Guidelines for Determining Patent Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released examination guidelines titled Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, &...more

Data-Encryption Is Patent Eligible Despite Not Being Tied to a Particular Machine - TQP Development, LLC v. Intuit Inc.

Addressing an argument that a data-encryption patent was directed to non-eligible subject matter because it covered an abstract idea divorced from a particular machine, Judge William Bryson, sitting by designation in the U.S....more

Data Transaction Claim Not Patent Eligible - Cyberfone Systems, LLC v. CNN Interactive, Inc., et al.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a ruling designated as non-precedential, affirmed the district court finding that a claimed method involved an “abstract idea” and was therefore not patent eligible. ...more

Intelletual Property Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims - Eastern District of Texas Unveils New Patent Case Track - Opening Briefs Submitted to U.S. Supreme Court in...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Software Patents

On April 1, 2014, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd.v. CLS Bank Int’l, which concerns the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. This is the fourth recent Supreme Court case addressing...more

Dr. Cook-Deegan Brings the Medical Community Up to Date on the Myriad Case

In an article in The Cancer Letter entitled "Robert Cook-Deegan's Viewers' Guide To the Super Bowl of Gene Patent Cases," Professor Robert Cook-Deegan (at right) of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Sanford...more

Help Wanted: Supreme Court Looking for Expert to Fill In The Right Words for Patent Eligibility Test

There's a new job opening at the Supreme Court: Job Description: Complete test of patent eligiblity sketched out by this Court’s decisions in Bilski v. Kappos and Mayo v. Prometheus. Self starter required: must be...more

What do "Abacus Guy," Mom, and Computers That Say "Stop!" Have in Common? They May be Unpatentable Abstract Ideas.

Nine Justices of the Supreme Court and three oral advocates held over 100 spectators at bay for just over an hour as they debated—of all things—patents. Yesterday’s case, Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, was not a first. Four...more

SIPO Announces GUI Related Design Becomes Patentable Subject Matter as of May 1, 2014

Recently announced by the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), graphical user interface (GUI) design patent applications will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2014. Revised on March 17, 2014, the amended Patent...more

USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural...

On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued final guidance to the Examining Corps regarding patent eligibility of claims involving laws of nature, natural phenomena and natural products. The...more

District Court Doubts Patent Eligibility of Myriad BRCA Claims

In a decision issued March 10, 2014, Judge Shelby of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah denied Myriad’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics Corp. While Ambry had challenged the validity of...more

USPTO Issues New Procedure for Assessing Subject Matter Eligibility of Patent Claims

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released a guidance memorandum to its examiners on a new procedure for assessing whether a patent claim contains subject matter eligible for patenting. The guidance was...more

Thoughts on the USPTO's Patent Eligibility Guidelines (and What to Do About Them)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued (without public notice or opportunity to comment) its interpretation of the standards for subject matter eligibility in view of the Supreme Court's recent decisions in Mayo...more

USPTO Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Guidelines for Claims Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Principles,...

On March 4, 2014, the USPTO issued a Guidance memorandum for examination of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in view of AMP v. Myriad (2013) and Mayo v. Prometheus (2012). Under the new guidelines, the...more

Five Things You Should Know About the USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The new USPTO patent subject matter eligibility guidelines set forth a detailed analytical framework for evaluating whether claims satisfy the patent subject matter eligibility requirement of 35 USC § 101. If you are an...more

Comments on 3/4/2014 USPTO “Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility…”

On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a memorandum and quick reference sheet on the “2014 Procedure For Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws Of...more

Do Pharmaceutical Compositions Have Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Under the New USPTO Guidelines?

The USPTO’s new patent subject matter eligibility guidelines (the “Guidelines”) include examples that apply the multi-factored analysis mandated by the Guidelines to compositions that include one or more “natural products” as...more

Are Computer-Implemented Inventions Patent Eligible?

On March 31, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Supreme Court Docket No. 13-298). At issue is the scope of § 101 patent-eligible subject matter, with the patent eligibility of...more

United States Patent and Trademark Office issues guidance in the wake of Myriad and Prometheus decisions

On March 4th, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued formal guidelines for the determination of patent-eligible subject matter in the wake of two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases: Association for Molecular...more

The USPTO Announces New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. §101 in View of Myriad, Prometheus...

March 10, 2014 – On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent & Trademark Office issued guidelines for the examination of “all claims (i.e., machine, composition, manufacture and process claims) reciting or involving laws of...more

USPTO Guidance for Examiners Takes Expansive View of Myriad and Prometheus Decisions

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps with guidance for determining the patent eligibility of claims relating to products of nature and laws of...more

Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l: Alice's Supreme Court Brief

On December 6th, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to a case that presents the question of "[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions -- including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of...more

USPTO Issues New Guidelines on Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 USC 101 in View of Myriad and Prometheus

The USPTO issued new guidelines for determining if claims are eligible for patenting in light of the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S., 133 S. Ct. 2107, 2116, 106 USPQ2d 1972 (2013), and...more

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