By Alessandro Steinfl and Brian Cash (March 1, 2019, 3:08 PM EST) -- On Jan. 7, 2019, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office introduced a 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance in the Federal Register.[1. The guidance mainly introduced a modification of how examiners were to handle step 2A. According to the USPTO FAQ on the guidance, it seems to replace the "Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet Identifying Abstract Ideas" (see e.g., answer A-7 of the FAQ). There have been a number of resources put out by the USPTO in helping practitioners understand the change, including a virtual training workshop.
As we've seen from the beginning (i.e., the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 decision in...
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