USPTO Issues Preliminary Guidance on Examination Procedures

In advance of a formal guidance on patent subject matter eligibility, the USPTO has issued a memorandum to patent examiners to make sure that claims include elements that amount to significantly more than the restatement or application of existing laws of nature.  Recognizing and capitalizing on the correlation between laws of nature is not sufficient.  The claim must have additional features, contributed by the inventors, that transform the subject matter.

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