2100 Patentability

What happened to 2116?

MPEP 2116 formerly* read:


The materials on which a process is carried out must

be accorded weight in determining the patentability

of a process. Ex parte Leonard, 187 USPQ 122 (Bd.

App. 1974).


I just today noticed that 2116 has gone. Why? The change summary** that removed it says "Section removed and reserved" but does not give an explanation. If it was removed for purely logistical reasons, would you please bring it back? Thanks!


* https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/old/e9r0/mpep-2100.pdf - E9R-11.2013 (Mar. 2014)


** https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/old/e9r07-2015/E9R_07-2015_october-0005-change-summary.pdf - E9R-07.2015 (Oct. 2015)



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