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Lessons of Wisdom Following Athena SCOTUS Denial and October 2019 Patent Eligibility Guidance Update

This article relates to key practice pointers for making a claim patent-eligible subject matter according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) October 2019 Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Update (October 2019 PEG Update). The October 2019 PEG Update expands on the January 2019 PEG (Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance). In view of the continued denial of cases involving patent subject matter eligibility, such as Athena Diagnostics, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services, 915 F.3d 743 (Feb. 6, 2019) by the U.S. Supreme Court, patent practitioners and clients alike need to pay more attention to the issued guidance documents and relevant Federal Circuit case law. Accordingly, one needs to have strategies in place for dealing with compliance of patent claims with 35 U.S.C. § 101.

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