United States: USPTO Publishes Update To Guidelines On Patent Eligibility

Summary: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published its next wave of "guidelines" to help instruct patent examiners on how to evaluate patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  This represents the third publication in a little over a year since Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Intl. was decided by the Supreme Court.  The update primarily provides summaries of some of the most recent decisions on subject matter eligibility, and also sets out four categories of "abstract ideas" that are not subject matter eligible: "Fundamental economic practices," "certain methods of organizing human activity," "an idea 'of itself,'" and "mathematical relationships/formulas."


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