MPEP Q & A 89: Concepts the Courts Have Found to be Laws of Nature and Natural Phenomena

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Question:

List 3 examples of concepts courts have found to be laws of nature and natural phenomena.

Answer:

The types of concepts courts have found to be laws of nature and natural phenomena are shown by these cases, which are intended to be illustrative and not limiting:

  • An isolated DNA;
  • a correlation that is the consequence of how a certain compound is metabolized by the body;
  • electromagnetism to transmit signals; and
  • the chemical principle underlying the union between fatty elements and water.

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in the PTO supplement known as, 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility. This supplement covers subject matter eligibility. This is a special supplement that at the time of this recording is currently being tested on the Patent Bar exam.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from the PTO supplement known as, 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility.

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