Patent-Eligibility in 2018: Current Status and Best Practices (Live MBHB Webinar)

Tues., February 20, 2018 | 10:00-11:15 a.m. CT | Live MBHB Webinar via WebEx 

While 35 U.S.C. 101 defines patent-eligible subject matter broadly, a number of recent court decisions have narrowed the scope of the statute. This has caused confusion and frustration amongst patentees and practitioners, not only because inventions that used to be patentable are now of questionable eligibility, but also because synthesis of the relevant judicial opinions does not provide a clear distinction between what is and is not eligible. This presentation will cover the state of software and business method patent-eligibility in 2018 by reviewing what changed (and what did not change) in 2017. Topics include:

  • Overview of the most recent Federal Circuit case law regarding Section 101;

  • Where this law is relatively clear, and where it is not;

  • The impact of the USPTO not making any significant updates to its subject matter eligibility guidelines;

  • Best practices for drafting and prosecuting software and business method inventions in light of the above.


Presenter(s): MBHB attorney Michael Borella, Ph.D.


Access an archived audio version of this webinar here.

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is committed to educating clients and friends of the firm with respect to significant developments and trends in the areas of intellectual property law.

NOTE: MCLE credit is not available for this archived recording.