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When: Friday, October 14, 2016
8:00 AM
Where: Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
155 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, Massachusetts  02210
United States
Contact: Joshua Matloff, Co-Chair & Lawrence Stanley, Co-Chair

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Computer Law Committee 


Post-Alice USPTO Practice Workshop


Program Overview


Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, patent examiners have increasingly relied on §101 to issue rejections for software patent claims.  Only days after the Alice decision, the USPTO released a memorandum on Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of that decision. That memorandum issued less than four months after the USPTO issued guidelines on “Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws Of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural Phenomena, and/or Natural Products,” guidelines which themselves led to new patent eligibility rejections. The USPTO has issued multiple guidelines to the examining corps, and the CAFC has issued many decisions both validating and invalidating claims under Section 101.  Today, Alice and the following CAFC decisions have a large impact on prosecution of software patent claims.  


The Alice decision, cases applying the Alice decision, and the USPTO guidelines provide guidance on what subject matter is eligible and not eligible for patent protection under §101.  This Practice Workshop will include a discussion of how the Alice decision and USPTO guidelines impact claim drafting, best practices for avoiding §101 rejections and navigating prosecution after a § 101 rejection as they relate to computer-implemented inventions.


It will be an interactive workshop working through issues confronted in light of the Alice decision and USPTO guidelines.   Interested participants are encouraged to contact the discussion leaders, Joshua Matloff ( and Andrew Tibbetts ( in advance of the seminar to provide input or questions they wish to be addressed during discussion.  


This event is $10 for BPLA members / $20 for Non-members.

Breakfast will be provided/included.

Space is limited, so please register in advance.   


For more information, please contact Joshua Matloff at or Andrew Tibbetts at  


Computer Law Committee

Joshua Matloff, Co-Chair

 Lawrence Stanley, Co-Chair 


Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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