Intuitive Patenting

70 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2014 Last revised: 14 May 2014

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Emily Michiko Morris

University of Maine - School of Law; Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (SHUPL)

Date Written: April 25, 2014

Abstract

Patentable subject matter determinations are ultimately based not on judicial doctrines and tests or statutes or even on precedent or the economic rationales underlying the patent system. Rather, the fundamental touchstone for what qualifies as patentable technology is simply intuition. Specifically, despite the Federal Circuit’s rejection of “technological arts” as a linguistically bright-line test, patentable subject matter decisions inevitably devolve into what is at base an intuitive sense of what constitutes technology of the type protectable under the patent system.

Suggested Citation

Morris, Emily Michiko, Intuitive Patenting (April 25, 2014). South Carolina Law Review, Forthcoming; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429399 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2429399

Emily Michiko Morris (Contact Author)

University of Maine - School of Law ( email )

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Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (SHUPL) ( email )

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Shanghai, P.R 201701
China

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