Posts Tagged: PTO guidelines


USPTO issues new memorandum on software eligibility in light of McRo, BASCOM

Earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a new memorandum to patent examiners on recent software patent eligibility decisions from the Federal Circuit. The …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 11

USPTO Provides Updates to Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On its face, the new guidance seems to urge examiners to develop well-reasoned, substantive rejections rather than conclusory rejections which provide little basis for applicants to advance …

USPTO gives examiner guidance in light of Enfish v. Microsoft

Bahr tells examiners that based on the Federal Circuit ruling they "may determine that a claim direct to improvements in computer-related technology is not direct to an …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 45

PTO Guidance Offers Keys to Patent Eligibility for Crucial Information Age Patents

Despite the improvements that could reopen the door for important patents in important fields, the Guidelines seem far from perfect. But how could they be, given that …
By Louis Hoffman
5 years ago 4

USPTO Releases Patent Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO guidance, which in large part is reminiscent of the KSR Guidelines put out by the Office in 2010, goes through cases one by one. The USPTO …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 12

USPTO to Host Forum to Solicit Feedback on Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public forum on May 9, 2014 at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, …
By U.S.P.T.O.
6 years ago 1

U.S. Patent Office Issues Supplementary 112 Guidelines

Of course, it will be most useful for patent examiners to review and truly internalize the guidelines, but there is some excellent language here that is quite …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 5

US Patent Office Issues Update to KSR Examination Guidelines

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has provided an update to its Examination Guidelines concerning the law of obviousness under 35 U.S.C. 103 in light of …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 6

Patent Office Releases Interim Bilski Guidelines

This morning the United States Patent and Trademark Office published Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos. The …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 16

USPTO Sends Memo to Examiners Regarding Bilski v. Kappos

Who knows what will happen, but this early announcement form the USPTO seems helpful. They recognize that business methods are patentable unless they represent abstract ideas, as …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 37

CAFC Judge Plager Says Definiteness Requirement Needs Teeth

As I’ve said before, no one could rightly accuse me of being biased against patents. But, as I also pointed out in this article on Judge …
By Eric Guttag
9 years ago 1