IPATTAKC - 101 Subject Matter invents or discovers any new...

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§101 – Subject Matter “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or new and useful improvement thereof Patentable subject matter: -“machines” -Medical procedures (subject to enforceability) -Purified natural products ( Parke-Davis v. Mulford ) -Organisms must be invented ( Diamond v. Chakrabarty ), not just discovered ( Funk Bros.) Non-patentable subject mater: -Laws of nature -Physical phenomena (including elements) Things in their “natural state” ( Funk Bros. ) Abstract ideas (“mental steps” doctrine) §102 – Novelty A person shall be entitled to a patent unless: Invention was known or used by others in this country , or patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country before the invention thereof by the applicant for patent – “Novelty” Was the invention disclosed before the date of invention – prior art Public use looks at things like: number/ credibility or witness, intent of presenter (secrecy), number of disclosures, amount of enablement in the disclosure - Rosaire v. National Lead – public use even if only underground drilling no concealment Invention was patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country or in public use or on sale in this country , more than one year prior to the date of the US application – “Statutory Bars” Was the patented subject matter publicly disclosed by the inventor, or on sale Egbert v. Lippmann – 1 person enough if no active concealment by inventor Pfaff: On sale bar can be triggered by offer of sale of a not yet finished invention Experimental use exception City of Elizabeth v. American Nicholson Pavement – pavement test Has abandoned invention Griffith: Diligence in reducing to practice required to establish priority Invention was first patented or caused to be patented by the applicant in a foreign country more than 12 months prior to the date of application for patent in this country Invention was described in: An application for patent published under §122(b) by another in the US before the invention date (check issues for foreigners) A patent granted to another in the US before the date of invention He did not invent the subject matter to be patented (1) interference with foreign invention (2) Before such person’s invention thereof, the invention was made in this country by another inventor who had not abandoned, suppressed, or concealed it. Consider conception, reduction to practice, and reasonable diligence of first to conceive and last to reduce to practice
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-First to reduce to practice gets the patent unless someone else can show 1) first conception and 2) reasonable diligence §103 – Non-obviousness a patent may not be obtained though the invention is not identically disclosed or described as set forth in §102, if the differences between the subject matter sought to be patented and the prior art are such that the
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