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USPTO outlines steps it has taken post-Alice

Michael Loney, New York

The USPTO has outlined the steps it is taking to implement the Alice v CLS Bank decision, including issuing preliminary instructions to examiners, withdrawing notice of allowances in some applications that have an abstract idea and asking for public feedback

In its June 19 decision, the Supreme Court held claims to a computerised scheme for mitigating settlement risk patent-ineligible because they are drawn to an abstract idea.

In a blog post, Peggy Focarino (right), USPTO commissioner for patents, identified three...

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