Patentable Subject Matter Self-Quiz







Only new and useful machines are patentable because:
Choice 1 Other forms of creativity are adequately protected by copyright and trademark law.
Choice 2 The historical origins of patent law lie in English law.
Choice 3 In addition to machines, “compositions of matter” can be patented.
Choice 4 None of these statements are true.
A ?subservient patent? is one which:
Choice 1 Has been licensed to a second user.
Choice 2 Protects only the improvement of a previously patented process or product.
Choice 3 Is not yet fully authorized by the PTO.
Choice 4 Depends on an unpatented product to achieve the majority of its utility.
Laws of nature are not patentable because:
Choice 1 The reasoning in the Morse case of 1854 still holds true.
Choice 2 The Morse case of 1854 is no longer applicable to laws of nature.
Choice 3 Laws of nature cannot be reduced to a written claim.
Choice 4 Laws of nature are changeable.
Jesse is a horticulturist working for the local university. In his spare time, he works in the greenhouse attached to his home trying to develop new strains of tomato. If he manages to develop a new and useful strain, he can patent it because:
Choice 1 There is an educational exception to the rule against patenting laws of nature.
Choice 2 Genetically engineered plants can be patented.
Choice 3 Genetically engineered plants related to food products are patentable as a public policy consideration.
Choice 4 None of the above.

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