Kappos Calls For Abolition Of Section 101 Of Patent Act

Law360, Washington (April 12, 2016, 4:32 PM EDT) -- The former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday called for the abolition of Section 101 of the Patent Act, which sets limits on patent-eligible subject matter, saying decisions like Alice on the issue are a "real mess" and threaten patent protection for key U.S. industries.

David Kappos, now a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, said at the Federal Circuit Judicial Conference in Washington that the U.S. Supreme Court's high-profile Section 101 decisions in Mayo, Myriad and Alice, and the way lower courts have interpreted them, have made it too difficult to secure patents on biotechnology...

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