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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U.S. Patent Office Provides Additional Examples of Eligible Subject Matter

After the Supreme Court case of Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, the Patent Office has issued a series of examination guidelines and examples to guide examiners and patent practitioners in determining patent eligible subject...more

Patents harder to obtain now, attorney say

Back in 1899, Charles H. Duell, thencommissioner of the U.S. patent office, purportedly said “everything that can be invented hhttp://cms.jdsupra.com/docuploader/document/related/58d2c8cd-0e40-4396-bbfc-05ecd6f4c0ad/#as been...more

Shzoom Requests the Federal Circuit Reissue Trading Technologies as Precedential Opinion

On January 18, 2017 the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Trading Technologies Int’l., Inc. v. CQG, Inc., its first decision finding a user interface to be patent eligible subject matter. The court designated the opinion...more

AliceStorm Update February 2017

As many of my readers noticed, I didn't publish any of my own blogs in January and February. As it turned out, I suffered from a peculiar form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), what I would call SMIAD: Subject Matter...more

State Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Legal Malpractice Claim That Required Court To Resolve Federal Issues Relating To Scope,...

Solar Dynamics, Inc. v. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., 2017 WL 519314 (Fla. 2017) - Brief Summary - A Florida appellate court held that the trial court lacked jurisdiction over a legal malpractice action that...more

PTAB Puts Method Of Treatment Patents Under The 101 Knife

While the Supreme Court decisions in Myriad and Mayo have been applied to diagnostic-type claims, method of treatment patents were thought to be safe from the recent judicial expansion of the patent-(in)eligibility doctrine....more

Myriad, Mayo, Chakrabarty, Oh My: Strategies for Life Sciences Diagnostics – Part I

Patent eligibility is a balancing act; the Supreme Court explained in Mayo that “too broad an interpretation of this exclusionary principle could eviscerate patent law. For all inventions at some level embody, use, reflect,...more

Intellectual Properties Owners Association Proposes Legislative Fix for s. 101

On Wed., February 8, 2017, IPO released the report of its legislation task force. Unlike the hundreds of academic analyses of the legislative history of s. 101 – and this report includes another – the Task Force took the...more

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part II

As discussed in a previous article, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These...more

USPTO Publishes Business Method Subject Matter Eligibility Examples: Part I

About a week before the holidays, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office quietly published a trio of new subject matter eligibility examples directed to the abstract idea exception to patentability. These are the latest in a...more

Covered Business Methods Patents — Not So Broad!

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has reminded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in no uncertain terms that covered business method review has limits. In Unwired Planet, LLC v....more

Gust, Inc. v. Alphacap Ventures, LLC (S.D.N.Y. 2016); O2 Media, LLC v. Narrative Science Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2017)

The Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l decision requires the application of a two-part test to determine whether claims are directed to patent-eligible subject matter. One must first determine...more

Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

As 2017 begins and IP strategies are being developed for the new year, it is a good time to reflect on what IP issues were prominent in 2016. According to the many readers of Global IP Matters, hot topics included navigating...more

Top Five Stories of 2016

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Alice Brings a Mix of Gifts For 2016 Holidays

Like the odd aunt whose holiday gifts can range from the wonderful to the recyclable, in 2016 Alice brought both good and bad tidings. Let’s start with the nice ones....more

Exploring the Legal Contours of Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

I'd like to go back to some first principles and history. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution neatly divided the promotion of, on the one hand: Science, the fields of knowledge and ideas, by securing exclusive...more

The Latest Memorandum from USPTO on Subject Matter Eligibility Provides Additional Guidance for Post-Alice Prosecution

On November 2, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") issued a memorandum to Examiners ("Memorandum") updating the USPTO's May 2016 subject matter eligibility ("SME") guidance in light of recent...more

USPTO Updates Patent Examiners on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions

On November 2, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a memorandum ("November 2016 Memo") to its patent examiners, updating them on recent subject matter eligibility decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

A Long Road Ahead: A Solo Entrepreneur's Perspective on the USPTO’s Roundtable I - Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

I am a solo entrepreneur. After twenty plus years in industry, I decided to take the risk and start my own business using my own capital. In the parlance of the law I am considered, almost affectionately, a micro-entity. ...more

USPTO's Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable on Dec. 5, 2015

On December 5, 2016 the USPTO will hold its second Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable to discuss issues in patent eligibility. The USPTO published a list of eighteen questions in anticipation of the event, dealing...more

Federal Circuit Firmly Rejects PTAB Criteria For Covered Business Method Review

In a recent panel decision that deviates from the Federal Circuit’s current tendency to defer to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s interpretation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the court vacated a final written...more

A Patent Does Not Become a CBM Patent Because its Practice Could Involve a Potential Sale of a Product or Service

In Unwired Planet, LLC, v. Google, Inc., [2015-1812] (November 21, 2016) the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s final written decision in Covered Business Method Patent Review No. 2014-00006, that found the...more

PTO Releases New Memo on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions

In a memorandum to patent examiners dated November 2, 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) addressed recent subject matter eligibility decisions. The memorandum was spurred by two precedential US Court of Appeals...more

Guest Post -- USPTO Charting the Way for Subject Matter Eligibility

On November 2, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an important and forward-looking memo on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions for patent applications that offered guidance for drafting...more

How Much Did the Federal Circuit Narrow Eligibility for Covered Business Method Review?

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit narrowed the types of patents eligible for covered business method (CBM) review. In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., Case No. 15-1812, (Fed. Cir. Nov. 21, 2016) (“Unwired Planet”),...more

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