Overcoming Sect. 101 Rejections: USPTO Guidance, Recent Decisions to Meet Sect. 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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This CLE course will provide guidance for patent counsel for overcoming Section 101 rejections. The panel will review recent case law and USPTO guidance on Section 101 patent eligibility and offer strategies to address Section 101 rejections.


Since the Supreme Court's decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (2014), there has been an increase in the number of Section 101 rejections. The Alice Corp. decision and cases applying Alice Corp. provide guidance on what subject matter is eligible for patent protection under Section 101.

The USPTO has dramatically increased its rejections under Section 101, and the federal courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have been increasingly active in invalidating issued patents. Further, the USPTO released several memoranda and solicited public comments on patent examination under Alice.

Applicants can anticipate more rejections in the future. Applicants who receive a Section 101 rejection and their counsel must plan and carefully implement well-thought-out strategies for overcoming the rejections.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys discusses Section 101 rejections since the Alice Corp. decision. The panel will examine recent case law and USPTO guidance and offer best practices for patent counsel to overcome Section 101 rejections.



  1. Court treatment of Section 101 since Alice Corp.
  2. USPTO guidance
  3. Strategies for overcoming Section 101 rejections
    1. Identifying and arguing deficiencies in examiner's characterization
    2. Examiner interviews
    3. Addressing rationale behind rejection
    4. Amending claims
    5. Improved drafting to avoid rejections


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How have the courts treated Section 101 rejections since Alice?
  • What strategies should patent counsel implement to overcome Section 101 rejections?
  • How can patent counsel guide applicants in reducing the likelihood of rejection?


Kiklis, Michael
Michael L. Kiklis

Bass Berry & Sims

Mr. Kiklis focuses on PTAB litigation as well as district court patent litigation. He also handles Federal Circuit...  |  Read More

Kunin, Stephen
Stephen G. Kunin

Maier & Maier

Mr. Kunin represents clients in post-grant patent proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also...  |  Read More

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