Individuals can be joint inventors of an invention when there has been some collaboration between them even though they did not physically work together or at the same time, did not make the same type or amount of contribution, or did not make a contribution to the subject matter of every claim of the application. Inventors may apply for a patent jointly even though (1) they did not physically work together or at the same time, (2) each did not make the same type or amount of contribution, or (3) each did not make a contribution to the subject matter of every claim of the patent." 35 U. Carefully considering inventorship issues early in the patenting process is time well spent.
However, people who merely apply their ordinary skill to assist the inventor(s) after conception, without doing any extensive research or experimentation, typically are not considered inventors. Finally, a comment about provisional patent applications, which do not require claims and often do not include them.
First, the courts determine if the claims are indicative of a non-patentable abstract idea.
Typically the courts have answered this question in the affirmative. The courts then determine if the claims, both individually and as an ordered set, transform the abstract idea into an inventive concept or something that itself meets the subject matter threshold of patent eligibility. The courts have generally found that software-related inventions requiring a computer represent abstract ideas.
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The court further opined that the claims are directed to an improvement of an existing technology and emphasized that the specification taught specific benefits over conventional databases. Microsoft had argued that the rows of the self-referential database represented nothing more than rows with a simple header and this argument had been accepted by the lower court. 251 error is already present), and may be made via a certificate of correction; see MPEP § 1481. Tyco Healthcare Group LP, 466 F.3d 1047, 80 USPQ2d 1526 (Fed. In Medrad, the specific error was the failure to submit a supplemental reissue declaration during prosecution of a prior reissue patent. INVENTORSHIP ERRORThe correction of misjoinder of inventors in divisional reissues has been held to be a ground for reissue. A mistake in the naming of inventors can be corrected, but only if it can be shown that the mistake occurred through error and without any deceptive intention on the part of the actual inventor(s). Keeping good notes and records of research and design efforts can help in the identification of the correct inventor(s).Because the Patent Laws provide for original ownership of patents in the names of the sole or joint inventors, the rights of an assignee or exclusive licensee can be clouded if less than all of the inventors were identified when patent rights are assigned or licensed. A failure to include a joint inventor (non-joinder) or an improper joinder of a non-inventor (misjoinder) can be fixed if the mistake was made through error and without deceptive intent.