USPTO's subject matter eligibility update, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, and more in the May 2016 issue of IP Buzz

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USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Update

Authors: Therese M. Finan and Aubrey Haddach

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a further update on May 4, 2016 regarding Subject Matter Eligibility. The update is part of the USPTO's ongoing effort since 2014 to provide guidance on subject matter eligibility for patent applications under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Click here to continue reading about the memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps to "improve examiner correspondence regarding subject matter eligibility rejections."

USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility – Life Sciences

Authors: Therese M. Finan and Aubrey Haddach

The USPTO's new guidance on how examiners should formulate rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101, subject matter eligibility, includes several examples of patentable subject matter relating to life sciences. Click here to learn more about the 20 exemplary claims as being directed to eligible subject matter under §101.

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Authors: Armand J. (A.J.) Zottola and Christopher J. Kim

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016. Effective immediately, the DTSA creates the first private, federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation in the United States. Click here to learn more about this significant development in federal law and the impact it may have on trade secret litigation.

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