USPTO announces revised guidance for subject matter eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) kicked off the new year in a big way by releasing its "2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance."

This guidance for USPTO examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges does not have the force of law, but it is still particularly important for those in the technology sector, whose patent applications for software and computer-based inventions have suffered from inconsistent application of the law on subject matter eligibility (35 U.S.C. § 101). While key points from the guidance are detailed below, the bottom line is that, based on this attempt to essentially define the oft-critical term "abstract idea," applicants can expect more predictability with regard to subject matter eligibility and fewer rejections on such grounds.

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