What is subject matter eligibility?

What makes an invention eligible for patent protection? Not every new thing is patentable. A concept might be unique, and yet ineligible for patent protection. Subject matter eligibility refers to whether an invention is qualified for patent protection. You can think of patenting as satisfying at least two conditions: eligibility and uniqueness. If the subject […]

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Patenting software and business methods in Japan

Guest post by Aki Ryuka Japan Patent Attorney and founder of Ryuka IP Law Firm Japan IP High Court Says, Steak Providing System is Patent Eligible In Re. Pepper Food Service (Oct. 17, 2018) Claim 1: A system for providing a steak by guiding a customer to a standing table, hearing a weight of a […]

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Is software patentable?

Yes, software can be patented. However, the road to a granted patent may be long, frustrating and expensive. Let’s dive into the factors that can make software patentable. What makes software patentable? Just like any other type of invention, software must be novel and non-obvious. The extra hurdle that software and business method applications must overcome […]

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