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PTO: Clarity Needed on Patentable Topics, Review Standards

June 5, 2018, 7:01 PM

Clarifying legal rules on what innovations biotech inventors can get patented and how they can hold on to patents they already have is a top priority of the nation’s patent office.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is focused on helping explain to potential patent applicants what subject matter is patentable—something not easy to figure out under Supreme Court decisions handed down in recent years—as well as pushing for predictability in proceedings that re-examine already-issued patents, agency director Andrei Iancu told Bloomberg Law June 4 at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s annual conference in Boston.

Those are two of ...