Category Archives: Patent Eligible Subject Matter

Senate Subcommittee Hearing of Patent Eligibility Wrap Up – Now What?

In my first post on the Subcommittee Hearings held last week, I noted the absence of many witnesses from the life science industry, as opposed to groups such as IPO, AIPLA, BIO, ACLU and PhMA. The third and final panel, … Continue reading

Posted in Patent Eligible Subject Matter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Senate Subcommittee on IP Feels our PAIN

In lengthy hearings conducted by the Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property (of the Committee on the Judiciary) on June 4th and 5th (Parts I and II; Part III will be held on June 11th), the Subcommittee, chaired by Senators Tillis … Continue reading

Posted in Patent Eligible Subject Matter | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bipartisan “Draft Bill” to Amend ss. 100, 101 and 112 Released for Comment

On Wednesday, Senators Tillis and Coons, along with Reps. Collins, Johnson and Stivers released a draft, bipartisan bill to amend ss.100 and 101 to void the “judicial exceptions” to patent eligibility. Section 112(f) was also amended to tighten up the … Continue reading

Posted in Patent Eligible Subject Matter | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Athena III – Should the Discovery of a Naturally-Occurring Correlation Encompass Recognition of its Practical Utility?

The origin of the idea that natural phenomena, like the law of gravity, cannot be patented, even by their discoverer, is well-settled law. In Gottschalk v. Benson, the Supreme Court stated, in dictum: “Phenomena of nature, though just discovered, mental … Continue reading

Posted in Patent Eligible Subject Matter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment