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Lockpath Patents Demonstrate That the US Patent Office — Unlike US Courts — Keeps Ignoring 35 U.S.C. § 101/Alice

Posted in America, Law, Patents at 3:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Hello? Anybody there to pay attention to the law?

Still ignoring the phone

Summary: 35 U.S.C. § 101 isn’t being entirely followed by examiners of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); in fact, evidence suggests that mathematics are still becoming monopolies of private firms — something which should never happen

THE corruption at the EPO may mean that examiners who reject software patents in Europe can nowadays lose their job. But are there excuses for US examiners, who have clear rules by which to reject software patents in the US? There have, over the years, been formal complaints about these rules not being followed (we covered some examples).

The US litigation ‘industry’ (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. in this latest case) keeps moaning about software patents and other dumb/abstract things not being patent-eligible (or, if granted, not being valid anymore). They mention “inventions “against public morality” or “against Sharia law”.” They explore possibilities outside the US.

To quote:

As evidenced recently in the United States, it may be difficult to tell what categories of inventions are eligible for patent protection in foreign jurisdictions. To further complicate issues, standards of eligible subject matter can differ from country to country. What follows is a survey of patent eligible subject matter in various jurisdictions.

A sampling of subject matter eligibility outside of the US is provided below. Certain categories of subject matter are excluded as patent ineligible in all countries discussed, such as scientific discoveries, purely intellectual activities, laws of nature, and mathematical equations; other categories are excluded as culture-specific, such as inventions “against public morality” or “against Sharia law”. Microorganisms can be claimed in all of the jurisdictions included here, and are therefore excluded, as are certain categories of subject matter mentioned in only one foreign jurisdiction, such as the explicit exclusion of methods of horticulture and agriculture in India and personal skills in Japan.

No matter what the highest court (SCOTUS) said, examiners in the US apparently grant patents quite carelessly. Lockpath has just mentioned a new patent on “Formula Engine, which allows customers to easily create risk calculations” (this is clearly abstract, maths, or software patents i.e. bunk). So the USPTO failed to do its job again and to quote the press release:

Lockpath, a leading provider of integrated risk management solutions, today announced the receipt of two newly issued patents related to its Keylight Platform. The patents were granted for the Keylight Formula Engine, which allows customers to easily create risk calculations, and the Dynamic Content Framework, Keylight’s scalable and flexible content engine.

Was this granted just to make money?

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