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Erick Robinson Discusses Patent Eligibility Restoration Act with IP Watchdog

August 12, 2022

Spencer Fane attorney Erick Robinson was recently quoted in an IP Watchdog article on the recently introduced Patent Eligibility Restoration Act of 2022, which would amend the U.S. Patent Act to clarify the application of 35 U.S.C. Section 101 to certain technologies.

In the article, A Cautious Welcome: Patent Community Chimes in on Tillis’ Eligibility Bill, Erick is one of 13 thought leaders in the patent community to share his opinion on the bill, which is just the latest attempt to reform Section 101. The Patent Eligibility Restoration Act was welcomed by many in the intellectual property community, while others have called the bill out for leaving questions regarding the definition of “technological” and what it means for software patents.

Erick shared, “While wiping out Mayo and Myriad Genetics is a good thing, the bill also prohibits any patent on ‘a process that is a non-technological economic, financial, business, social, cultural, or artistic process.’ At best, this is confusing, but when added to the additional language of the bill, this bill actually decreases patent rights.”

Based in Texas, Erick is a partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Spencer Fane. He manages and tries “bet-the-business” patent cases on both sides of the docket.

Read the full article here.