Abstract Ideas after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l: The USPTO Issues Interim Guidance and Examples (Live MBHB Webinar)

On January 27, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provided long-awaited examples of patent-eligible and patent-ineligible inventions that incorporate abstract ideas. These examples are a follow-up to the Office’s 2014 Interim Eligibility Guidance that was published the month before. Nonetheless, navigating the waters of patentable subject matter is still a potentially dangerous trek. This presentation will provide an integrated view of the guidelines and the examples, focusing on which post-Alice questions are answered, and which are not. Topics will include:

  • Differences between the claim language of the examples and that of the guidance.
  • A roadmap for drafting patent-eligible claims based on the Office’s view of Section 101.
  • The different footings of business method and software claims.
  • A discussion of whether claims that are found patent-eligible by the Office could be found ineligible by the courts.


Presenter: MBHB attorney Michael S. Borella, Ph.D.

Access an archived audio version of this webinar here. NOTE: MCLE credit is not available for this archived recording.  

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