Technology Center 3600, like TC 3700, handles a wide range of applications touching on diverse technological areas, such as aeronautics, plant and animal husbandry, surface transportation, earth-boring, and nuclear systems. However, it is business methods that TC 3600 is particularly known for. Due to the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, 573 U.S. (2014), TC 3600 has attracted quite a bit of attention and commentary because of the decision’s implications for the software and business methods industries. While most Alice rejections are indeed issued in TC 3600, they are heavily concentrated in a handful of practice groups, leaving the rest of TC 3600 largely unaffected.
TC 3600’s overall allowance rate is 72%, which is generally in line with the USPTO average, despite the widely-lamented negative effects of Alice. In the graphs below, we’ll take a look at several prosecution trends that have occurred in TC 3600 during the five-year period between 2013 and 2017, which includes the Alice decision. Please note that all metrics herein are based on published applications only and do not account for all applications filed after the USPTO's 18-month publication delay period (in this case, January 2016). For more information, hover over each of the graphs, or get started with Juristat.
A technology center's allowance rate is the percentage of applications that receive Notices of Allowance out of all disposed applications. TC 3600’s overall allowance rate is 72%, which is in line with the USPTO average.