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....