Software Patent Ruling Shouldn't Change Exams, USPTO Says

Law360, New York (May 22, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT) -- A deeply divided Federal Circuit ruling on whether software is eligible for a patent does not change how such patents should be examined, but does provide some useful guidance, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told its examiners recently.

The office said in a letter dated May 13 that the court's en banc opinion in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp., which featured numerous different opinions and little consensus, means that examiners should continue using existing procedures when examining software patents.

"At present, there is no change...
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