Courts Can Resolve Patent Eligibility Problems, Iancu Says

By Ryan Davis (April 11, 2019, 5:19 PM EDT) -- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu suggested Thursday that the continuing confusions over which inventions are eligible for patents can be fully resolved by the courts if they decide to make it a priority, and urged the judicial branch to take on cases with that goal in mind.

Speaking at the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, Virginia, Iancu said that while his office can issue guidelines interpreting patent eligibility rulings, the courts can settle the matter once and for all, without waiting for Congress to rewrite the law.

"It's important for the judiciary to first...

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