US - Software Patents

In view of the recent Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al.”, the USPTO has issued Preliminary Examination Guidelines in relation to subject matter eligibility of claims relating to computer-implemented ideas.

Click here for a copy of the decision: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/announce/alice_v_cls_sct.pdf

Click here for further information on the USPTO guidelines: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/announce/alice_pec_25jun2014.pdf

The guidelines will be refined further based on feedback that has been requested by the USPTO from the public on the matter.