Learn about Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance – Webinar

If you are prosecuting a patent applications or are interested in statutory compliance with 35 U.S.C. § 101, don’t miss this opportunity to learn about recently-issued guidance implementing changes to USPTO procedures for determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for claims in patents and patent applications. Attend via WebEx; no registration is necessary.

The USPTO’s Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Bob Bahr and Senior Legal Advisor Matthew Sked will discuss the revised guidance and the changes it makes to how USPTO personnel apply the first step of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice/Mayo test (Step 2A in Office guidance) for subject matter eligibility. Please send your input and questions to patentquality@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail) before and during the event.

The revised guidance creates a new inquiry in Step 2A, in which a claim is not “directed to” a recited judicial exception if the claim integrates the judicial exception into a practical application. The revised guidance also groups the types of subject matter that are considered abstract ideas and directs office personnel to use these groupings to identify abstract ideas in revised Step 2A. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and answering your questions about this revised guidance. The guidance was published in the Federal Register [84 FR 50] (link is external) January 7, 2019

This webinar is part of the Patent Quality Chat series; slides and a video recording will be made available after the event.