Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980)

Case Description

On 17 March 1980, the United States Supreme Court confirmed the decision of the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals to grant a patent for a bacterium capable of breaking down crude oil (Pseudomonas putida). The Supreme Court therewith established that whether or not an invention is a living thing is irrelevant to the question of its patentability.

Decision Year
Pre-grant flexibilities