Example 19: Hip Prothesis
For purposes of efficient examination, a streamlined analysis can be used for claims that clearly do not seek to tie up any judicial exception
1. A hip prosthesis comprising:a femoral component and
an acetabular cup,
wherein the acetabular cup has an inner concave surface for engaging the femoral component, and an outer convex surface for engaging a patient’s acetabulum, and
wherein the outer convex surface is coated with hydroxyapatite.
- The claim recites a nature-based product (hydroxyapatite is a naturally occurring mineral).
- However, the claim clearly does not seek to tie up the mineral. Instead, the claim is focused on the assembly of the femoral component and the cup that together form the hip prosthesis.
- No need to perform the markedly different characteristics analysis on the mineral.
The claim qualifies as eligible subject matter without a full analysis.