Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Lee E. Barrett


This Article explores the area of patent protection for computer related inventions, The author examines the problem of determining whether a mathematical algorithm qualifies as patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the interpretation of means-plus-function limitations under 35 U.S.C. § 112 6. In his examination, the author explains the perspective of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the position taken by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in the recent cases of In re Alappat and In re Donaldson Co.