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University of San Diego School of Law October 7, 2009 University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2009, No. 5, 2009 Abstract: The idea of authority is a fabrication. Claims of moral right to be obeyed owe their historic salience to the self-interest of claimants. When Enlightenment scholars demolished the divine right of kings, they should have disabused us of the right, not just of the notions that it came from the divine and belonged to kings. Their effort to salvage the idea of right to rule and to press it into serving as support for their favored governments was understandable but unjustified.
The USPTO uses a count system as one way to measure patent examiner productivity. Examiners receive one count for sending out an initial office action and a second count when the case is "disposed." As you might guess, a case is disposed of when it either issues as a patent or is abandoned by the applicant.
The question of patentable subject matter has returned to the Supreme Court -- this time with a focus on business methods. In January 2009, an en banc Federal Circuit implemented the "machine or transformation test" as the exclusive test for determining whether a claimed process qualifies as patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101. Now, the case is pending before the Supreme Court with two focused questions: QUESTIONS PRESENTED 1.