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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So you want to protect your software: Tactics, options, and considerations post-Alice

Since its first development, intellectual property law has struggled with how to best protect software. Initially, developers could only choose between copyright or trade secret protection to protect their innovative...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2016

The Federal Circuit Will Review Appeals from Inter Partes Review Proceedings Under the “Substantial Evidence” Standard - In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.p.A., Appeal No. 2014-1779, the Federal Circuit affirmed a PTAB IPR...more

BioPharma Patents: Quick Tips & News - January 2016

Subject matter eligibility and “laws of nature.” As reported in our July 2015 newsletter, the Federal Circuit invalidated claims to a method of diagnosing fetal abnormalities without amniocentesis. This precedent—if it...more

Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2015

Earlier today, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2015." The webinar covered seven of the twenty stories that made it onto Patent Docs ninth annual list of top patent stories. The seven stories...more

USPTO Implementation of AIA Does Not Violate Due Process: Federal Circuit Affirms the PTAB Panel Determining Institution of an IPR...

In Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP, a 2-1 panel split of the Federal Circuit held that neither the American Invents Act (“AIA”) nor the Constitution precludes the same panel of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board...more

Motio, Inc. v. BSP Software LLC (E.D. Tex. 2016)

The fallout from the Supreme Court's Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l case continues to reshape the landscape of patent-eligibility. Despite guidance from the USPTO, patentees still struggle with what exactly is patent-eligible...more

Top Five Stories of 2015

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Top Stories of 2015: #16 to #20

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Claiming Software as a Product not as a Process

Software patent applications present pitfalls not present for other inventions, because software is intangible. To pass muster in the USPTO, software is best described as a process, one of the four categories of patent...more

Intellectual Property Law - December 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole: Trends in Software Patent Court Decisions Post-Alice - Why it matters: In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court held that claims for a computer-based software method for reducing...more

Important Development in Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Diagnostic Method Claims: Federal Circuit Denies Sequenom Petition...

On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an order denying a petition for rehearing en banc in the closely watched Sequenom case. Earlier this year, on appeal from the U.S. District Court...more

That’s Patentable? The Far-Reaching Definition of an “Invention”

U.S. patent law provides that “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor,” 35 U.S. Code...more

Software Patents: History and Strategies (Pt. I – History)

1952-2010: Software Patents Historically (before Bilski and Alice) - For centuries in United States patent law, the question of patentability of the subject matter of an invention under 35 U.S.C. §101 was fairly...more

Software Patent Eligibility - A Post-Alice Landscape Discussion

•Why are people talking about Section 101/Alice? –Under Section 101, only “eligible subject matter” can be patented: ..“Abstract ideas” are not eligible –Courts + Patent Office are treating many software and...more

MacroPoint, LLC v. FourKites, Inc. (N.D. Ohio 2015)

In a previous article on the USPTO's publication of its 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, we wrote: Despite the Interim Guidance offering a reasonably fair and thorough overview of the current...more

Comments on the USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- BSA

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("July Update"). In the July Update, the Office provided recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those...more

Comments on the USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- The ABA

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("July Update"). The update provided recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those in the Office's...more

PTAB Issues Questionable 101 Decision

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has likely seen an increase in the number of appealed rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101 due to the Supreme Court's decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v....more

Case Law Arguments for “Abstract Ideas” Rejection of Patent Claims

Ever since the Supreme Court ruling on Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al., patent practitioners have seen an historic increase in the number of 35 USC §101 “abstract ideas” rejections of patent...more

Australian Patent Office Proposes “Coding Only” Sequence Ban

Coming soon after the High Court’s “Myriad decision” in Australia, the Australian Patent Office has proposed guidelines that would effectively limit the ban on patent-eligibility of DNA sequences to nucleic acids that code...more

Overview of Comments on the USPTO's July 2015 Update to the Interim Examination Guidance

In late July, the USPTO issued its July 2015 Update to the 2014 Interim Section 101 Patent Eligibility Guidance (IEG). The July 2015 Update addresses a number of the issues and concerns raised in the public comments to the...more

Can a natural product still be patented in Australia?

Yes. While various commentaries have suggested that patentable subject matter will be restricted in Australia under the recent High Court Myriad decision to exclude naturally occurring products (whether or not isolated), my...more

Update on Section 101 Rejections at the USPTO

In my June post, The One Year Anniversary: The Aftermath of #AliceStorm, I surveyed the frequency of Section 101 rejections at the USPTO. My analysis was based on approximately 300,000 office action and notices of allowance...more

Takeaways from Chisum’s Washington, D.C. September 2015 Seminar

On September 24-25, 2015, the Chisum Patent Academy held a two-day seminar at the offices of Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, DC to discuss and debate current developments in U.S. patent law. The roundtable seminar group was...more

Certain Uncertainty: The Future Of Computer Software Patents

LIFE AFTER ALICE ... THE STORY SO FAR - Since the Alice decision came down last June, the world of computer software patents has been upended, both in litigation and in prosecution. In the realm of prosecution, patent...more

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