Patent-Eligible Subject Matter United States Patent and Trademark Office

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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Some Patents May Survive Alice and Myriad

Guidance published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on December 16, 2014 indicates a slight softening in its position regarding patentable subject matter. The patent community has been hard hit in the last few...more

Arguing a Post-Alice §101 “Abstract Idea” Rejection during Patent Prosecution

Since the Federal and Supreme Court rulings in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al., we have seen some issued patents invalidated on the grounds of patent-ineligible subject matter directed to an...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2015

RAND Commitment Relevant to Damages - In ERICSSON, INC. v. D-LINK SYSTEMS, INC., Appeal Nos. 2013-1625, -1631, -1632, and -1633, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the district court’s judgment...more

Lessons from the USPTO's Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility

On January 21, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a public forum (Eligibility Forum) to discuss recent developments in subject matter eligibility, particularly the USPTO’s 2014 Interim...more

Can Digital Healthcare Innovation Be Patented? Eligibility of Digital Healthcare Technologies Under the New USPTO Eligibility...

Digital healthcare, the confluence of digital technology with medical and other biological fields, has become an ever-increasing presence in our daily lives. Ideas that seemed nearly impossible just a few years ago (such as...more

Can Any DNA Claims Still Be Patented?

In a decision issued December 17, 2014, in In Re BRCA1- And BRCA2-Based Hereditary Cancer Test Patent Litigation (Myriad II), the Federal Circuit invalidated Myriad’s primer claims and detection method claims under 35 USC §...more

Five Things You Need to Know About the USPTO Interim Guidelines on 101

The USPTO issued interim guidelines on 101 (“Interim Guidance”) on December 15, 2014. We summarized the Interim Guidance in this post, and now highlight five things practitioners and stakeholders need to know as they consider...more

#Alicestorm: Patent Invalidations and USPTO Practice After Alice

The Pineapple Express storms that hit California last December were largest since January 2008.  The joke going around the Bay Area was that the first thing San Franciscans do when a big storm is coming is think up a new...more

Patentability of Software Post-Alice: How Do Courts Determine Whether an Idea is Abstract ?

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on patentable subject matter, courts have tried to follow the prescribed framework. Under Alice, patent claims are invalid if directed to “abstract ideas”...more

Top Three Stories of 2014

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its eighth annual list oftop patent stories. For 2014, we identified eighteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we...more

Looking Ahead: Top IP and Technology Trends for 2015

2015 promises to be a challenging year for intellectual property law. Here is Brooks Kushman’s list of significant IP and technology law trends that clients should be prepared for in 2015....more

Natural Products Whiplash

What you need to know: Two important developments in the last week have exacerbated confusion around patent protection for natural products and technologies that implicate laws of nature, calling into question the...more

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

2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility - On December 15, 2014, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released examination guidelines titled 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter...more

CDCA Court Swims Against the Tide of Software Patent Ineligibility in Caltech v Hughes

Patent applicants from the software and business method fields took notice after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International, et al. (“Alice,” 134 S. Ct. 2347...more

USPTO Publishes New Guidelines for Patent-Eligible Subject Matter: Naturally Derived Subject Matter

On December 16, 2014, the USPTO published the 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility. in the Federal Register, replacing the previous Guidelines issued in March 2014 (“March Guidelines”). The March...more

"USPTO Issues Updated Guidelines Affecting Computer-Implemented Claims"

On December 15, 2014, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility.1 The guidelines, titled Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the...more

"USPTO Issues Updated Guidelines Affecting Natural Products and Phenomenon"

On December 15, 2014, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released its much-anticipated clarification on subject matter eligibility for patents. The guidelines, titled Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter...more

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Clarifies “Patent Eligible Subject” Matter in its Recent Guidance in Light of Alice

Summary On December 15, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) released its updated 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the “Interim Eligibility Guidance”) in light of the recent Supreme...more

An Early Test for the USPTO’S Eligibility Analysis

Just last week, the USPTO released its revised subject matter eligibility guidance (2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility “Interim Guidance” reviewed in my prior post of December 16th, 2014). The Interim...more

Patent Office Issues New Examination Guidelines for Subject Matter Eligibility

On December 16, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) published new guidelines for determining patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless...more

Impact of USPTO Interim Guidance on Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Biotech Inventions

The recent interim guidance issued by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides applicants and practitioners with more helpful information about which types of claims the USPTO will find to satisfy subject matter...more

Patentability of isolated nucleic acid: US vs. Australia

Patents directed to genetic material have been t­­­­he subject of significant public discourse and legal challenge worldwide, leading to a divergence of governing law between jurisdictions and heightened industry uncertainty...more

Impact of the Alice V. CLS Bank Decision – A Year-End Review

The Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l decision has had a significant impact on the prosecution of software-based patent applications, on the institution of 101-based covered business method patent reviews, and on...more

New Patent Office Guidance Takes Steps Toward Clarifying Subject Matter Eligibility

The USPTO’s latest Guidance on subject matter eligibility takes some positive steps toward stabilizing the examination rules in the context of complex and dynamic case law. The USPTO is accepting comments about the Guidance...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - December 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Fundamental Reform Ahead For European Patent Law - Patentability of Isolated Nucleic Acid - Patent Reform – Is It Working? - Right To Privacy In Japan - Supreme Court Corner - The FTC...more

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