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USPTO 2010 consultation

(This consultation is closed. ESP's submission is online.)

The USPTO is accepting comments until 27 September 2010 on their proposed examiner guidelines for interpreting the Supreme Court's recent Bilski decision. ESP is asking for your help[1] in analysing these texts and brainstorming on what points to highlight when ESP sends the USPTO its comment.

The main documents

How to make a submission

You can make a submission by post or email, but the USPTO says they prefer email. The address is:

Submissions can be made up to and including Monday the 27th, 2010.

What we should argue for

The USPTO says that, compared to the USPTO's previous guidelines, the Supreme Court's decision only affects a few rare cases, sometimes broadening patentability, sometimes narrowing it. We argue that:

  • It affects many cases, not just a rare few
  • The effects are pretty much always to narrow patentability
  • The court's decision shows that the USPTO's previous guidelines were already granting too many software patents
    • The district court rulings that threw patents out based on the CAFC's Bilski ruling might give insight on this

Analysis of the interim guideline RFC

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Analysis of the Quick Reference Sheet

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Arguments worth using

Ideas can be found at Why abolish software patents? The USPTO will want to focus on legal aspects and interpretations. To make "common good" arguments, we'd have to show clearly how the USPTO is obliged to listen to that type of argument.

Related pages on ESP Wiki

External links

(Note: the main official documents are linked in the first paragraph of this article.)