PATENT PROTECTION FOR BLOCKCHAIN PATENT APPLICATIONS

If and when you get a patent, what does that mean?  The law says “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process,  machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.”  The four statutory categories of invention are “process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter,” but they exclude “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas.”  What does that mean for software and blockchain patent applications?

Christopher Agrawal, Partner, Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
Rama Elluru, Administrative Patent Judge, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board