USPTO Invites Public Comments on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Guidelines

On August 27, the USPTO posted a notice inviting public comments on the “Interim Eligibility Instructions” for evaluating patent subject matter eligibility that were issued to patent examiners on August 24. Comments are due by September 28.

This is getting interesting, as the new director also posted instructions to PTO staff last week that a thorough examination did not equate with just rejecting cases.

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