MPEP Q & A 108: Computer Functions Recognized to be Well‐Understood, Routine, and Conventional Functions When They are Claimed in a Merely Generic Manner

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Question:

List two computer functions recognized to be well‐understood, routine, and conventional functions when they are claimed in a merely generic manner.

Answer:

The courts have recognized the following computer functions to be well‐understood, routine, and conventional functions when they are claimed in a merely generic manner:

  • Performing repetitive calculations,
  • Receiving, processing, and storing data,
  • Electronically scanning or extracting data from a physical document,
  • Electronic recordkeeping,
  • Automating mental tasks, and
  • Receiving or transmitting data over a network, e.g., using the Internet to gather data.

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in the following supplement: July 2015 Update: Subject Matter Eligibility. This is a special supplement that at the time of this recording is currently being tested on the Patent Bar exam. Depending on future changes to the supplement and the MPEP, the question and answer may not be applicable.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from the following supplement: July 2015 Update: Subject Matter Eligibility.