Subject Matter Eligibility for Mechanical Patents: Implications of American Axle, Abstractness, and Laws of Nature
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide patent counsel on subject matter eligibility for mechanical patents. The panel will discuss the American Axle decision and its implications for mechanical patents. The decision(s) in American Axle brought the issues of abstractness and laws of nature to practitioners in the mechanical arts. The panel will offer best practices for applying recent court guidance in application drafting and prosecution.
- American Axle and other recent decisions
- Implications for mechanical patents
- Laws of nature
- Best practices for application drafting and prosecution for mechanical inventions
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What are the eligibility challenges for mechanical patent applications?
- How does the Supreme Court's decision change the playing field for 101 eligibility for mechanical patents?
- What are best practices for drafting and prosecuting mechanical patent applications?
Robert W. Bahr
Deputy Commissioner for Patents
Mr. Bahr is a Deputy Commissioner for Patents. He serves as an authority on patent laws, rules, and examining practice... | Read More
Mr. Bahr is a Deputy Commissioner for Patents. He serves as an authority on patent laws, rules, and examining practice and procedure, and provides administrative oversight and direction for the activities of the Office of Petitions, Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of Patent Quality Assurance, Central Reexamination Unit, and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure staff.Close
Dave S. Christensen
Partner; Co-Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Practice and Chair of the Additive Manufacturing Practice
Mr. Christensen leads teams dedicated to responsive client focused service and oversees the workflow and provision of... | Read More
Mr. Christensen leads teams dedicated to responsive client focused service and oversees the workflow and provision of high quality work product to clients. He focuses his practice on assisting clients in protecting their inventions in both U.S. and foreign patent offices in a variety of technical fields, including consumer products, electrical power distribution and transmission, renewable energy, and optical measurement systems. Mr. Christensen also has significant experience in assisting clients in developing cost effective strategies for managing risk in their developing of new products, and the building and managing their IP portfolios. Before beginning his career as an IP attorney, Mr. Christensen was an engineer and product development manager, where he gained hands-on experience in leading multi-functional teams in developing commercial products using a wide range of manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing, high precision machining, and high volume manufacturing technologies. He is active in thought leadership, especially related to how technology is changing both manufacturing and legal business operations.Close
Minority Chief Counsel Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
Mr. Watts is responsible for planning and implementing Ranking Member Thom Tillis and the Republican minority’s... | Read More
Mr. Watts is responsible for planning and implementing Ranking Member Thom Tillis and the Republican minority’s legislative portfolio on all aspects of intellectual property law. He previously served as Majority Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property in the 116th Congress under then Chairman Thom Tillis. As Majority Chief Counsel, Mr. Watts was responsible for planning and implementing then Chairman Tillis’ legislative and oversight agenda on all aspects of America’s innovation economy. During his tenure as Majority Chief Counsel, the Subcommittee held over seventeen legislative and oversight hearings and multiple staff briefings on intellectual property issues ranging from the state of patent eligibility law in America to reforming the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. Under Mr. Watts' leadership, the Subcommittee passed the CASE Act, the Trademark Modernization Act, and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act, three landmark bills that collectively represent the largest changes to intellectual property law since the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Prior to his appointment as the Subcommittee’s Majority Chief Counsel, he had served as Chief Counsel in Senator Thom Tillis’ (R-N.C.) personal office. Earlier in Mr. Watts' career he spent two years serving as Chief Immigration Counsel to then Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). He began his career with then Senator Jeff Sessions as a Legislative Counsel on the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, handling civil rights and civil liberties law, general tort law, bankruptcy, telecommunications, and intellectual property issues for the Senator.