Clarifying What are Patent Ineligible Abstract Ideas

Introduction: Intertwined with the long ambiguity of the scope of patent eligible software has been the difficulty in defining what are patent ineligible “abstract ideas”.  Recall 35 U.S.C. Section 101 states that all things invented by man are patentable subject matter except laws of nature, natural phenomena or abstract ideas.  These three items are referred to below as…

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PATENTS FOR BUSINESS METHODS (REVISED)

Introduction Methods of conducting business can be patentable.  However, the USPTO inquiry expands beyond the questions of whether the method is new (Section 102) or whether the method is an obvious variation of prior art methods (Section 103).  Further, the pendency for examination of business method applications is the longest within the USPTO.  Also see…

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Patenting Medical Diagnostic Procedures

INTRODUCTION There is a string of cases holding patents invalid on the basis that the patent is merely claiming an aspect of natural law.  This involves patents pertaining to medical diagnostics. Patents for medical diagnostic procedures may involve a dependency upon reactions or results that are a function of natural law (35 U.S.C. Section 101).  For example,…

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