Patent Subject Matter Eligibility: Change is Coming

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By: Whitney Lott
Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy


For an invention to be patentable, the patent’s claim must be within the subject matter that is patent eligible.  Congress laid out the eligible subject matter for patenting in 35 U.S.C. § 101: “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.”[1] Continue reading “Patent Subject Matter Eligibility: Change is Coming”