Patentable Subject Matter after the Bilski Decision
An Address by Chief Judge Michel
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Room 603
*CLE*


In its recent en banc decision in In re Bilski, the Federal Circuit addressed limitations on patentable subject matter in the context of a business method invention, analyzing a body of caselaw in such a way that some say could call into question the validity of many other patents and types of claims while others argue it is not restrictive enough. The Bilski decision, of course, is being studied by a broad range of members of the patent community who are seeking to determine its effects on innovation, prosecution, licensing, and litigation.

In this meeting with students, professors, and members of the bar, Chief Judge Michel will discuss the precedents at play within the areas of the law known as “business method” and “software” patents. A period for questions will follow. Professor Joshua Sarnoff (Washington College of Law, American University, who authored an amicus brief for a group of law professors in Bilski) will moderate.

A Telecast by the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Washington College of Law, American University and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.


Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff & General Public – no charge
(registration is required)

CLE Accreditation will be applied for
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