On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a guidance memorandum entitled, Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products (Guidance). The Guidance seeks to implement a new examination procedure to address changes in the law relating to subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in view of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. and Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. Since the Guidance was issued, the USPTO has invited the public to submit comments regarding the interpretation of relevant Supreme Court precedent on the complex legal and technical issues involved in subject matter eligibility analyses during patent examination of claims reciting or involving laws of nature, natural phenomena, and natural products. The USPTO has also suggested that supplemental Guidance may be forthcoming. This webinar will address the following issues as it relates to the Guidance:
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