“USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines”

November 14, 2016Presentation
USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held two roundtables designed to facilitate public discussion of the USPTO’s current guidance on subject matter eligibility and topics related to current subject matter eligibility jurisprudence. 

Roundtable 1 was held at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia, on November 14, and focused on ways of improving the USPTO’s subject-matter eligibility guidance for patent examiners and how that guidance is being applied by examiners. USPTO director Michelle Lee provided opening remarks, and was followed by select industry representatives from large and small companies, bar associations, trade associations; and select private practice IP practitioners, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP partner David A. Gass spoke at Roundtable 1, which addressed patent-eligibility of inventions involving biomarker diagnostics.