Section 101 Examples
Introduction to Examples 28-33

This document is the introduction to the Section 101 Life Sciences Examples provided by the USPTO in May of 2016 to help understand the 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility. The original PDF version of examples 28-33 is found here.

Index to USPTO's Section 101 Examples.

Introduction to Examples 28-33

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 or 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 28, because 27 examples were previously issued. A comprehensive index of all examples for use with the (2014 IEG is provided in the attached appendix (which is an updated version of Appendix 2 to the July 2015 Update).