Chad Hammerlind in IP & Technology Law Journal: Patent Eligibility Used as the Federal Circuit’s Shuttlecock in Weekly Badminton Match


In the months following the release by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of The 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (2019 Revised Guidance), anecdotal evidence shows a noticeable uptick in the number of patent ineligibility rejections that have been withdrawn by Examiners at the USPTO, which is promising for applicants and inventors filing patents in technology areas that have been gridlocked since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. While the trend at the USPTO appears to be improving in favor of applicants, a division continues to exist in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Recently, two different panels of the CAFC made apparently contradictory decisions on patent eligibility within a week of each other. …

Excerpted from Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal. To read the full article, click on the PDF linked below.


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