USPTO Sheds Light On Bilksi's Abstract Idea Test

Law360, New York (July 27, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seeking public feedback on a proposed set of interim guidelines that instructs examiners on how to apply the abstract idea test and defines certain unpatentable concepts in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Bilski.

Economic practices and theories, interpersonal interactions and human behavior are examples of general concepts that are not eligible for patent protection, while patent applications that apply broad or subjectively viewed laws of nature are likely to represent abstract ideas, according to a...
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