DIAMOND v. DIEHR. Opinion of the Court. JusTICE REHNQUIST deliVered the opinion of the Court. We granted certiorari to determine. Engineers James Diehr and Theodore Lutton invented an improved press that cured rubber by controlled heating. The press contained a temperature probe. Citation. Diamond v. Diehr, U.S. , S. Ct. , 67 L. Ed. 2d , U.S. LEXIS 73, U.S.P.Q. (BNA) 1, 49 U.S.L.W. (U.S. Mar. 3, ).

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The patent examiner rejected the respondents’ claims on the sole ground that they were drawn to nonstatutory subject matter under 35 U. The Court of Customs and Patent Appeals CCPAthe predecessor to the current Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuitreversed, noting that an otherwise patentable invention did not become unpatentable simply because a computer was involved.

Diamond v. Diehr, 450 U.S. 175 (1981)

This is such a case. Indeed, the outcome of such litigation is often determined by the judge’s understanding of the patent application.

In addition to interpreting Benson, the majority also maintained that Christensen, despite its “point of novelty” language, had not signalled a return to that form of claim analysis. In order for the dissent to reach its conclusion, it is necessary for it to read out of respondents’ patent application all the steps in the claimed process which it determined were not novel or “inventive.


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In the portion of the application entitled “Background of the Invention,” the following statement is found: How to make a good contribution. The “function of a machine” doctrine is generally traced to Corning v.

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Finally, the Patent and Trademark Office Board of Appeals expressly found that “the only difference between the conventional methods of operating a molding press and that claimed in diamnd application rests in those steps of the claims which relate to the calculation incident to the solution of the mathematical problem or formula used to control the mold heater and the automatic opening of the press.

Modern rubber curing methods apparently still are based in substantial part upon the concept discovered by Goodyear: Goodyear’s patent was for a process, namely, the process of vulcanizing india rubber by subjecting it to a high degree of heat when mixed with sulphur and a mineral salt. The broad question whether computer programs should be given patent protection involves policy considerations that.

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Diamond v. Diehr

Other criticism, however, identifies two concerns to which federal judges have a duty to respond. It did criticize the analytic methodology diamonr Flookhowever, by challenging its use of analytic dissectionwhich the Flook Court based on Neilson v. Retrieved from ” http: The citations in this article are written in Bluebook style.

In Christensen, the claimed invention was a method in which the only novel element was a mathematical formula. Seed Page U. When the elapsed diamone equalled the proper cure time, the rubber would be released automatically from the mold. See also Nickola v. All method claims relate to molding of physical articles. We think this statement in Mackay takes us a long way toward the correct answer in this case.


Personal tools Create account Log in. Industrial processes such as this are the types which have historically been eligible to receive the protection of our patent laws.

The CCPA’s reversal of the patent rejection was affirmed. To illustrate their point, the authors redrafted the Diehr and Lutton claims into the format employed in the Flook application:. The majority dismissed Benson with the observation that Benson involved only process, not apparatus, claims.

The essence of the claimed discovery in both cases was an algorithm that could be programmed on a digital computer. Judge Rich dissented, arguing that to limit Benson only to process claims would make patentability idamond upon the form in which a program invention was claimed.

A procedure for solving a given type vss mathematical problem is known as an ‘algorithm. Because we do not view respondents’ claims as an attempt to patent a mathematical formula, but rather to be drawn to an industrial diammond.