Lawmakers Aim To Abandon Courts' Forbidden Patent Types

Law360 (March 27, 2019, 9:47 PM EDT) -- Members of Congress planning a bill to revise patent eligibility law aim to have a draft ready by summer and have outlined "guiding principles" for what it will look like, including no longer defining ineligible subject matter using court-adopted categories like abstract ideas and laws of nature.

Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Chris Coons, D-Del., have organized roundtable meetings with industry groups in recent months about their plans to overhaul Section 101 of the Patent Act, which governs patent eligibility. On Tuesday, aides for the lawmakers emailed participants in the meetings a list of four principles for what they want the...

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