4 Takeaways From The USPTO's Patent Eligibility Update

Law360 (October 23, 2019, 10:27 PM EDT) -- A recent update to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's guidance to examiners on what makes an invention patent-eligible sheds light on a few aspects of the contentious issue, but others remain murky, attorneys say.

The update, unveiled last week, was designed to answer questions submitted in public comments about the office's broader overhaul of patent eligibility policy in January. While little of the update breaks ground, it does provide more clarity on a few issues, said Adam Fowles of Haynes and Boone LLP.

"Anything that makes it clearer or easier for patent applicants and the examining corps to get on...

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