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Patent Office Unveils Revised Eligibility Guidance (Corrected)

Jan. 4, 2019, 6:18 PMUpdated: Jan. 4, 2019, 11:01 PM

The Patent and Trademark Office is giving new guidance to its examiners and administrative judges on weighing what inventions are eligible for patenting, in a bid to help innovators more easily win patents.

The PTO Jan. 4 issued the guidance to its examiners and judges on how to apply U.S. patent law provisions when applying the two-part patent eligibility test laid out by the Supreme Court in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. and Alice v. CLS Bank.

The guidance takes effect once it’s published Jan. 7 in the Federal Register, and the agency will accept public comments ...