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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The USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance TRIPS Over Treaty Requirements

The “Myriad-Mayo” patent subject matter eligibility guidance issued March 4, 2014 reflects the USPTO’s interpretation of Supreme Court cases interpreting and applying 35 USC § 101 to claims involving laws of nature, natural...more

The Supreme Court’s Push For Clarity in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court had a busy term, particularly with regard to patent cases, and especially in an effort to provide much needed guidance to the divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court granted...more

Supreme Court Rules Abstract Ideas Implemented on Computer Not Patent-Eligible

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International that patent claims for managing risk in financial transactions disclosed an abstract idea and were thus not...more

What to Know After the Latest Patent Ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed its earlier ruling on patent claims involving computers and software. In light of that decision, companies and inventors that have business methods patents, software...more

Comments on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Due by July 31

This week brings the July 31, 2014 deadline for submitting written comments on two USPTO patent subject matter eligibility guidance documents: The “Myriad-Mayo” Guidance issued March 4, 2014 (for claims involving laws of...more

Australia awaits Federal Court guidance on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions

Anyone with an interest in the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in Australia has been awaiting judgment in the appeal to the Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents decision. Anticipation is...more

Patent-Eligible Subject Matter in the United States

The United States Patent statute provides that utility patents may be granted for the invention of any new and useful process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter or any new useful improvement thereof....more

The USPTO’s Response to Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank

Six days after the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which invalidated certain patents disclosing “a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating ‘settlement risk,’” the USPTO issued its own...more

Abstract Ideas: The Patent Office’s First Take on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

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

The Patentability Exclusion for "Abstract Ideas" is Even More Abstract Post-Alice

In Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 2014 U.S. Lexis 4303 (June 19, 2014, No. 13-298) the Supreme Court once again addressed what has been termed "business method" patents in the context of determining whether...more

Aftermath of the Supreme Court Ruling regarding Patent-Ineligible Abstract Ideas in Alice v. CLS Bank

Readers are likely aware that the Supreme Court of the United States has issued a ruling, in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL...more

Why Are Method of Treatment Claims and Method of Manufacture Claims Subject to Scrutiny Under the USPTO Patent Subject Matter...

The USPTO has asked for written comments on its patent subject matter eligibility guidance by July 31, 2014. In this article, I discuss why therapeutic method claims and method of manufacture claims should not be subject to...more

CAFC Provides Further Judicial Guidance on Software Claims

On July 11, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Digitech Image Technologies, LLC v. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The issue concerned patent eligibility under 35 USC 101. Digitech’s patent (U.S. Patent...more

Are Computer-implemented Inventions Patent Eligible? Go ask Alice

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice). In Alice, the Court held that several computer-implemented patents were not eligible for patenting under 35...more

Digitech Image Technologies, LLC v. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Less than four weeks after the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the Federal Circuit has used the holding of that case to strike down a patentee's claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101....more

Alice v. CLS Bank Applied Broadly by the Federal Circuit

On Friday, the Federal Circuit released its first opinion citing the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. This opinion is significant because it shows how the Federal Circuit intends to follow the...more

Guest Post: Overview of First Published Comments on Myriad-Mayo Patent Eligibility Guidance

As readers will be aware, members of the public have been invited to submit written comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademakr Office that present their interpretation of the impact of relevant Supreme Court precedent on the...more

Recent SCOTUS Decisions in Intellectual Property Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a landmark number of intellectual property cases during its 2013-2014 term. Below is a summary of recent decisions issued in 2014....more

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part IV

On May 9, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

Docs @ BIO: The Rest of the Story - Bloomberg BNA Hosts Panel on Subject Matter Eligibility

Last month at the BIO convention, Randy Kubetin, Managing Editor of Bloomberg BNA's Life Sciences Law & Industry Report moderated a panel entitled "Patent Eligibility from the Trenches: Practical Implications of the Supreme...more

Putting Structure and Function Into Context for USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO’s ”Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products” has been criticized for requiring a product to be markedly different in...more

USPTO Issues Guidance on Patentability of “Nature”-Related Patent Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently taken a keen interest in whether certain subject matter is eligible to be patented under U.S. law1. In June 2013, the Supreme Court held in Myriad2 that patents on naturally-occurring DNA...more

An Exchange with Michael Risch: Do the Facts Matter in Patent Eligibility?

In my recent analysis of the Alice decision, I wrote the following: In Benson, the Court believed (wrongly it turned about, but that’s beside the point) that the claims covered the basic algorithm for converting...more

Ultramercial back to Federal Circuit. Accenture & Bancorp done

On the final day of its 2013 term, the Supreme Court issued some interesting orders in Section 101 cases dealing with computer-implemented business methods. First, in WildTangent, Inc. v. Ultramercial, LLC (13-255),...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Business Method Patents: What you need to know about Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The patent claims at issue required using a computer system as a third-party intermediary to facilitate the exchange of financial obligations between two parties to mitigate settlement risk. The patents included method,...more

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