January 7, 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

X19-30107
Document Number: X19-30107
Type: Unknown
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Executive Office of the President
X19-20107
Document Number: X19-20107
Type: Unknown
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Executive Office of the President
Reader Aids
Document Number: FR-2019-01-07-ReaderAids
Type: Reader Aids
Date: 2019-01-07
2019-00013
Document Number: 2019-00013
Type: Proclamation
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Executive Office of the President
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2018-28472
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2019 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Examining Computer-Implemented Functional Claim Limitations for Compliance With 35 U.S.C. 112
Document Number: 2018-28283
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
This guidance will assist United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) personnel in the examination of claims in patent applications that contain functional language, particularly patent applications where functional language is used to claim computer- implemented inventions. Part I of this guidance addresses issues related to the examination of computer-implemented functional claims having means-plus-function limitations. Part II of this guidance addresses written description and enablement issues related to the examination of computer-implemented functional claims that recite only the idea of a solution or outcome to a problem but fail to recite details of how the solution or outcome is accomplished.
2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
Document Number: 2018-28282
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-01-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has prepared revised guidance (2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance) for use by USPTO personnel in evaluating subject matter eligibility. The 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance revises the procedures for determining whether a patent claim or patent application claim is directed to a judicial exception (laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas) under Step 2A of the USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance in two ways. First, the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance explains that abstract ideas can be grouped as, e.g., mathematical concepts, certain methods of organizing human activity, and mental processes. Second, this guidance explains that a patent claim or patent application claim that recites a judicial exception is not ``directed to'' the judicial exception if the judicial exception is integrated into a practical application of the judicial exception. A claim that recites a judicial exception, but is not integrated into a practical application, is directed to the judicial exception under Step 2A and must then be evaluated under Step 2B (inventive concept) to determine the subject matter eligibility of the claim. The USPTO is seeking public comment on its subject matter eligibility guidance, and particularly the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance.