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2163 Ex Parte FITT 12201802 - (D) HORVATH 103 37 C.F.R § 41.50(b) 101 Siemens Corporation GURMU, MULUEMEBET
As noted supra, Section 101 of the Patent Act permits the patenting of “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.” 35 U.S.C. § 101. Our reviewing Court has found:
For all categories except process claims, the eligible subject matter must exist in some physical or tangible form. To qualify as a machine under section 101, the claimed invention must be a “concrete thing, consisting of parts, or of certain devices and combination of devices.” Burr v. Duryee, 68 U.S. 531, 570 . . . (1863). To qualify as a manufacture, the invention must be a tangible article that is given a new form, quality, property, or combination through man-made or artificial means. Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303, 308 . . . (1980). Likewise, a composition of matter requires the combination of two or more substances and includes all composite articles. Id.
Digitech Image Tech., LLC v. Electronics for Imaging, Inc., 758 F.3d 1344, 1348–49 (Fed. Cir. 2014).
We find claims 7–11 to be patent-ineligible because they are not directed to anything that exists in a physical or tangible form.
Consequently, we reject claims 7–11 under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for failing to recite a statutory category of patent-eligible subject matter. See, Digitech Image Tech. 758 F.3d at 1349–1350 (finding claims directed to a device profile consisting of a collection of information invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 for falling outside of any statutory category of patent-eligible subject matter).
Burr v. Duryee, 68 U.S. (1 Wall.) 531, 17 L. Ed. 650 (1863)
Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303, 206 USPQ 193 (1980)
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3638 Ex Parte Foley et al 11820098 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY KIM, SHIN H
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