USPTO Calls For Clearer Alice Rejections, Aiding Applicants

Law360, New York (May 5, 2016, 10:49 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office instructed patent examiners Thursday to provide more detailed explanations when they reject applications as patent-ineligible under U.S. Supreme Court decisions like Alice, a move attorneys say is welcome news for applicants frustrated by what they have seen as boilerplate rejections.

(Credit: AP) The office said in a memo to examiners, following up on guidance it issued in July on applying Alice, that decisions rejecting an application as patent-ineligible for claiming only an abstract idea, natural product or law of nature should be accompanied by detailed reasoning, including citations to court decisions that found a similar...

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