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 Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Interim Guidelines – Nature-Based Product Guidance

On December 16, 2014, the USPTO issued a comprehensive interim Guidance document for examination of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The new Guidance document supplements the June 2014 Preliminary...more

USPTO Issues New Guidance with Fewer Limitations on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Patent Claims

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released its latest iteration of guidance—referred to as the "Interim Eligibility Guidance"—to its examiners. This guidance is aimed at assessing whether an invention claimed...more

USPTO Finally Issues New Guidance On Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

The USPTO has issued new “Interim Guidance” for determining whether claims are eligible for patenting under 35 USC § 101. Although the new guidance technically applies to all technologies and all types of claims, Applicants...more

The December Sequel to the USPTO’s March Guidance

The much-anticipated subject-matter eligibility Guidance has finally been released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for public inspection and comment. Although the new Guidance is being circulated for public...more

USPTO Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Interim Guidelines – Abstract Idea Guidance

On December 15, 2014, the USPTO issued Interim Guidance for examination of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These new guidelines largely follow the previous interim guidelines issued on June 25, 2014, in view...more

USPTO Releases Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On December 15th, 2014, the USPTO released its much anticipated revised subject matter eligibility examination guidance to assist patent examiners evaluate inventions that may be related to any one of the three judicial...more

Business Method Patents Live! – Federal Circuit Finds First Patent That Survives Post-Alice Analysis

Since the Supreme Court issued its June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office have been...more

USPTO Issues Long-Awaited Revised Guidance on Patent Eligibility

The USPTO has issued new “interim” guidance for determining whether claims are eligible for patenting under 35 USC 35 U.S.C. § 101. Assuming the guidance document is published in the December 16, 2014 Federal Register, it...more

Federal Circuit Reverses Course, Affirms Patent Ineligibility Ruling in View of Surpreme Court Alice Decision

On November 14, 2014, after twice before reversing the lower court’s dismissal of Ultramercial’s complaint for failing to claim statutory subject matter, the Federal Circuit agreed with the lower court that Ultramercial’s...more

Blog: Can You Patent Your Software?

Emerging companies often ask: “Is my idea patentable?” Many of these ideas relate to software. The patent eligibility of software is again a hot topic in the United States and around the world. Recent developments in US...more

USPTO to Release Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

In a conference call this morning, Drew Hirshfeld, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, announced that the USPTO would be releasing revised guidance on subject matter eligibility...more

Claims Directed to a Mental Task Are Abstract, but Computerizing an Old Practice Is Not

Cambridge Assocs., LLC v. Capital Dynamics; PNC Bank et al. v. Secure Axcess - Addressing the issue of patent-eligible subject matter for covered business method (CBM) patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...more

CAFC Finds Patent Claiming Software-Related Invention is Patentable

For the first time since the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l decision this past summer, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has found that a patent claiming a software-related invention...more

Viability of certain Internet and software patents reconfirmed in DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com

DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com, L.P., Appeal No. 2013-1505 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 5, 2014) For those following the law of patent eligibility in the United States, a December 5, 2014 precedential decision by the Court of...more

BPCIA

BPCIA = Biologics Price Competition & Innovation Act Before Plaintiffs Can Invoke (jurisdiction they must ?le an) Application. No standing for declaratory judgment before biosimilar application - With the FDA’s...more

Another Patent Challenge for Personalized Medicine

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent trilogy of patent-eligibility decisions (Prometheus, Myriad and Alice) have called into question the validity of many U.S. patents on diagnostic medical methods. Nevertheless, legal battles...more

Post-Alice, has the Fed Circuit suggested another subject matter eligibility test?

Last month, the Federal Circuit issued its latest decision on the issue of patent eligible subject matter. The decision in that case, Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC, was far from earth shattering. With scant analysis, the...more

The Day the Exception Swallowed the Rule: Is Any Software Patent Eligible After Ultramercial III?

The Supreme Court has consistently cautioned that the judicial exceptions to patent eligibility need to be carefully applied: At the same time, we tread carefully in construing this exclusionary principle lest it...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- The Coalition for 21st Century Medicine -- Part II

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- The Coalition for 21st Century Medicine

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

Ineligible Subject Matter in One Court Is Still Ineligible in Another

DietGoal Innovations LLC v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. - Addressing the issue of whether the court was bound by another court’s holding that a patent was invalid for being directed to patent-ineligible subject...more

In Light of Alice the Federal Circuit Flips – Finding Ultramercial Business Method Software Lacks Patent Eligibility

On Thursday, November 14, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued its latest decision in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC and WildTangent, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 21633 – a case that has been through a four-year appeal process and...more

Genetic Technologies Ltd. v. Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (D. Del. 2014)

Another district court (actually, a magistrate judge) has succumbed to the siren song, or drank the Kool-Aid, or (fill in your favorite Apocalyptic metaphor here) of applying the Supreme Court's Mayo v. Prometheus decision in...more

Alice was a Game-Changer: Federal Circuit Changes Course on Advertising Patent

The third time is the charm in Ultramercial v. Hulu: After twice finding that an advertising method patent was directed to patent eligible subject matter, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s third Ultramercial...more

Three Rounds to Knock Out Ultramercial’s Patent on “Advertising as Currency”

After sparring three separate rounds at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a panel opinion authored by Judge Lourie, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of Defendant WildTangent’s pre-answer...more

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