Justices Should Back Off Patent Eligibility, Michel Says

By Ryan Davis (July 25, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT) -- Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on what is patent-eligible have "created chaos" in the law, and the patent system would be better off if the justices stepped back and avoided the contentious issue for a few years, former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel said in an exclusive interview with Law360.

As a result of decisions like one in June holding that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are ineligible for a patent, it has become difficult for lower court judges and litigators to know where the line is drawn on what can be patented, Judge Michel said Thursday.

The uncertainty has...

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