Submission of Comments Regarding the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance, 53736-53737 [2022-18895]

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But there is more work to be done to impart clarity and certainty into patent eligibility. In addition to working with Congress on potential changes to the law and looking for opportunities in the courts, the USPTO is updating its guidance and has been seeking public input on the same. Given the overwhelming interest in the guidance, the USPTO will now accept feedback via the Federal eRulemaking Portal until October 15, 2022. DATES: Comments on the USPTO’s patent subject matter eligibility guidance must be received by October 15, 2022, to ensure consideration. ADDRESSES: For reasons of government efficiency, comments on the USPTO’s patent subject matter eligibility guidance must be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the portal, enter docket number PTO–P–2022–0026 on the homepage and click ‘‘Search.’’ The site will provide a search results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this document and click on the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Adobe® portable document format or Microsoft Word® format. Because comments will be made available for public inspection, information that the submitter does not desire to make public, such as an address, a phone number, or other personally identifiable information (PII), should not be included in the comments. Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal for additional instructions on providing comments via the portal. If electronic submission of comments is not feasible due to a lack of access to a computer and/or the internet, please contact the USPTO using the contact information SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 below (at FOR FURTHER INFORMATION for special instructions. Comments already submitted to the USPTO mailbox designated in the blog should be resubmitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. CONTACT) Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patents, at 571–272–7728. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: On July 25, 2022, the USPTO published a blog titled ‘‘Providing clear guidance on patent subject matter eligibility’’ at www.uspto.gov/blog/director/entry/ providing-clear-guidance-on-patent. As noted in the blog, the 2019 revisions to the USPTO’s eligibility guidance resulted in a 25% decrease in the likelihood of Alice-affected technologies receiving a first office action with a rejection for patent ineligible subject matter. See Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 573 U.S. 208 (2014). Uncertainty about determinations of patent subject matter eligibility for the relevant technologies also decreased by a remarkable 44% as compared to the previous year. Despite this progress to achieve more consistent examination under section 101, there is more work to be done. As part of its multi-pronged approach to imparting more clarity and certainty into patent eligibility, in addition to working with Congress and looking for opportunities in the courts, the USPTO is revising its subject matter eligibility guidance. In the July 25 blog post, the USPTO initially encouraged the public to email thoughts or comments on the guidance specified in Manual of Patent Examining Procedure 2106 to a uspto.gov mailbox by September 15, 2022. However, given the overwhelming interest in this subject matter, the USPTO is extending the deadline, and the public may now submit feedback until the new deadline of October 15, 2022. 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[FR Doc No: 2022-18895]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-P-2022-0026]


Submission of Comments Regarding the Patent Subject Matter 
Eligibility Guidance

AGENCY: Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is 
seeking public feedback on its existing patent subject matter 
eligibility guidance. The existing guidance, put in place in 2019, has 
contributed to more consistent examination. But there is more work to 
be done to impart clarity and certainty into patent eligibility. In 
addition to working with Congress on potential changes to the law and 
looking for opportunities in the courts, the USPTO is updating its 
guidance and has been seeking public input on the same. Given the 
overwhelming interest in the guidance, the USPTO will now accept 
feedback via the Federal eRulemaking Portal until October 15, 2022.

DATES: Comments on the USPTO's patent subject matter eligibility 
guidance must be received by October 15, 2022, to ensure consideration.

ADDRESSES: For reasons of government efficiency, comments on the 
USPTO's patent subject matter eligibility guidance must be submitted 
through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. To 
submit comments via the portal, enter docket number PTO-P-2022-0026 on 
the homepage and click ``Search.'' The site will provide a search 
results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a 
reference to this document and click on the ``Comment Now!'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. 
Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Adobe[supreg] 
portable document format or Microsoft Word[supreg] format. Because 
comments will be made available for public inspection, information that 
the submitter does not desire to make public, such as an address, a 
phone number, or other personally identifiable information (PII), 
should not be included in the comments.
    Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal for additional instructions on 
providing comments via the portal. If electronic submission of comments 
is not feasible due to a lack of access to a computer and/or the 
internet, please contact the USPTO using the contact information below 
(at FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) for special instructions. Comments 
already submitted to the USPTO mailbox designated in the blog should be 
resubmitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Raul Tamayo, Senior Legal Advisor, 
Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy 
Commissioner for Patents, at 571-272-7728.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 25, 2022, the USPTO published a blog 
titled ``Providing clear guidance on patent subject matter 
eligibility'' at www.uspto.gov/blog/director/entry/providing-clear-guidance-on-patent. As noted in the blog, the 2019 revisions to the 
USPTO's eligibility guidance resulted in a 25% decrease in the 
likelihood of Alice-affected technologies receiving a first office 
action with a rejection for patent ineligible subject matter. See Alice 
Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l, 573 U.S. 208 (2014). Uncertainty 
about determinations of patent subject matter eligibility for the 
relevant technologies also decreased by a remarkable 44% as compared to 
the previous year. Despite this progress to achieve more consistent 
examination under section 101, there is more work to be done. As part 
of its multi-pronged approach to imparting more clarity and certainty 
into patent eligibility, in addition to working with Congress and 
looking for opportunities in the courts, the USPTO is revising its 
subject matter eligibility guidance.
    In the July 25 blog post, the USPTO initially encouraged the public 
to email thoughts or comments on the guidance specified in Manual of 
Patent Examining Procedure 2106 to a uspto.gov mailbox by September 15, 
2022. However, given the overwhelming interest in this subject matter, 
the USPTO is extending the deadline, and the public may now submit 
feedback until the new deadline of October 15, 2022. In addition, 
comments may now be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. Comments are no longer being received at the 
uspto.gov mailbox, though any previously-submitted comments through the 
mailbox will be given equal consideration. Please see the information 
provided earlier in this notice (at ADDRESSES) for instructions on 
submitting feedback via the portal. This new method of submitting 
feedback will facilitate making comments publicly

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accessible through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

Katherine K. Vidal,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2022-18895 Filed 8-31-22; 8:45 am]
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