A Busy Year For Patent Eligibility: 6 Key Decisions

Law360, New York (December 20, 2013, 12:39 PM EST) -- As 2013 draws to a close, subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 continues to be one of the most unpredictable and hotly contested topics in patent law. Despite a ruling this year from the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple rulings from the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, these bodies have been unable to produce a consistent and workable standard for this critical determination.

The text of Section 101 is relatively straightforward — “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture or...
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