Section 101 Examples
Introduction to Examples 21-27

This document is the introduction to the Section 101 Examples provided by the USPTO in Appendix 1 of its July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility. The original PDF version of this Appendix 1, which also provided the text for examples 21-27, is found here.

The index for all of the examples provided by the Patent and Trademark Office is found on BitLaw's Section 101 Index.

Introduction to Examples 21-27

The following examples should be used in conjunction with the 2014 Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility (2014 IEG). As the examples are intended to be illustrative only, they should be interpreted based on the fact patterns set forth below. Other fact patterns may have different eligibility outcomes. While some of the fact patterns draw from U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decisions, each of the examples shows how claims should be analyzed under the 2014 IEG. All of the claims are analyzed for eligibility in accordance with their broadest reasonable interpretation.

Note that the examples herein are numbered consecutively beginning with number 21, because 20 examples were previously issued. A comprehensive index of all examples for use with the 2014 IEG is provided in Appendix 2 to the July 2015 Update.