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Does the Patent Statute Cabin-in the Abstract Idea Exception? (Yes)

by Dennis Crouch In a new Supreme Court petition, Trading Technologies (TT) has again challenged USPTO and Federal Circuit eligibility determinations. TT v. Lee asks the following question: Given that 35 U.S.C. § 100(b) sets forth that a patent eligible “process” includes a “new use of a known process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or material,” […]
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