admitted many have expressed a desire for more reasoned
explanations post-Alice. He said the USPTO is
working on new guidelines.
"The best way to characterize
this is it is the next iteration," he said. "Additional
comments from the public will be solicited, and we will
continue this back and forth. It is an iterative process.
People are stopping me in the halls and saying when is the next
iteration coming out to answer all these questions. I wish we
could do that. The next iteration will certainly answer many of
the questions and address feedback we received. However, there
will certainly be additional questions that will need to be
answered as we continue to move forward."
He added: "As for timing, I do
expect and am hoping the next iteration will be some time
around the middle of November. That is if everything goes well
in the review process. My goal is middle of November, although
it could be possibly slightly later."