Faculty Journal Articles and Book Chapters


The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published Supplementary Examination Guidelines on the requirement that proper patent claims must allow the public to clearly distinguish what infringes from what does not. The Guidelines focus to some degree on computer-implemented inventions. The Guidelines acknowledge that computer implemented inventions have “unique examination issues.” But the Guidelines are important to patent applicants in all fields, perhaps more so in newer technologies with developing terminology, or where the invention is otherwise difficult to put into words.

Publication Title

Policy Analysis: IP

Document Type



Supplementary Examination Guidelines



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.