Congress Must Overhaul Patent Eligibility Law, Experts Say

Law360, New York (September 13, 2016, 10:49 PM EDT) -- Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting patent-eligibility risk are crippling the patent system, and the time has come for Congress to amend the law to protect patents, experts including the former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Tuesday.

Rulings like Mayo, Myriad and Alice have cut back on patent protection for biotechnology and computer inventions so much that companies in fields like cancer research may lack the necessary financial incentive to pursue groundbreaking research, former USPTO director David Kappos said at the Intellectual Property Owners Association's annual meeting in New York.

“The U.S. is setting a terribly bad...

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