Patent Subject Matter Eligibility: Roundtable 1

Over the past six years, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a series of decisions—35 U.S.C. § 101 defines inventions eligible for patenting as “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” These classes of patent eligible subject matter have been narrowed by court opinions, which state that laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not eligible for patenting.