DIAMOND v. DIEHR. Opinion of the Court. JusTICE REHNQUIST deliVered the opinion of the Court. We granted certiorari to determine. 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, ). Title: U.S. Reports: Diamond v. Diehr, U.S. (). Contributor Names: Rehnquist, William H. (Judge): Supreme Court of the United States (Author).

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Boyden Power Brake Co. As in Chakrabarty, we must here construe 35 U. The patent examiner rejected respondents’ claims on the ground that they were drawn to nonstatutory subject matter under 35 U. The improved method of the present invention enables the digital computer to aid the control of one or numerous presses simultaneously, whereas the limited purpose block diagram apparatus of the Smith reference is clearly limited to idehr one press.


For many years, it was believed that Diehr effectively overruled Flookdespite the majority opinion’s avoiding any such statement. Calculation using the Arrhenius equation is certainly old.

The present application was sent by the Application Division to a computer group — and electrical examining group — which does not examine the art of molding and curing synthetic rubber. In re Dieur, of course, was reversed by this Court in Gottschalk v.

The Solicitor General states in the brief at page All that it djehr is a formula for computing an updated alarm limit. Thus, Neugroschl does not disclose and does not suggest the use of the computer to control either the timer motor 47 or any other controlling circuitry of the press.

In making such final rejection, the examiner shall repeat or state all grounds of rejection then considered applicable to the claims in the case, clearly stating the reasons therefor. Tatham claims were upheld for a combination of parts of machinery which made pipes and tubes, but the Court said “fundamental truths” were not patentable. A machine controlled by a computer program was patentable.


It joins the stack of “computer program cases” referred to in the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Diamond v.

Because of the importance of the question presented, we granted the writ. Respondents’ claims must be considered as a whole, it being inappropriate diamonx dissect the claims into old and new elements and then to ignore the presence of the old elements in the analysis.

There are three reasons why I cannot accept the Court’s conclusion that Diehr and Lutton claim to have discovered a new method of constantly measuring the temperature inside a mold. The court upheld a patent on a way to use rubber-curing machinery, controlled by a computer.

Opinion Announcement – March 03, The analysis suggested by the petitioner would also undermine our earlier decisions regarding the criteria to consider in determining the eligibility of a process for patent protection.

There are important differences between the claims. While the press is open for loading, it cools. It is possible, using well-known time, temperature, and cure relationships, to calculate by means of the Arrhenius equation [ Footnote 2 ] when to open the press. In diamon report, the President’s Commission stated: In addition to the foregoing reasons distinguishing applicants’ invention from the Smith patent, applicants are filing herewith a Rule affidavit and exhibits by which they establish a conception and reduction to practice of diehrr invention before the diehg filing date of the Smith application, being September 1, Natural rubber had few uses unti Charles Goodyear discovered and patented the process he called “vulcanization”, now usually referred to as “cure”.

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Claim 6 depends from claim 5 and requires the frequency of repetitive recalculation and comparison to be once per second or faster. None of this money came from the sale or license of a computer program. Thus, the present invention further patentably distinguishes over Gould. That holding plainly requires the rejection of Claims 1 and 2 of the Diehr and Lutton application quoted in the Court’s opinion.

Sectionhowever, is a general statement of the type of subject matter that is eligible for patent protection “subject to the conditions and requirements of this title. Significantly, the Court referred to the patentability of a process for vulcanizing rubber:.

Rather, this number is then compared to the elapsed time since the mold was closed to determine if they are the same. Since the file history evidences great care on his part diwhr to most aspects of the case and since he had at least three opportunities to correct mistakes and oversights, these alternative conclusions are completely untenable. Flook and Gottschalk v. A cycle of the press and post cure inflator is controlled by one full turn of the xiehr shaft.


The threshold question of whether such a method is patentable subject matter remains. We noted in Funk Bros.

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A competent draftsman could attach some form of post-solution activity to almost any mathematical formula; the Pythagorean theorem would not have been patentable, or partially patentable, because a patent application contained a final step indicating that the formula, when solved, could be usefully applied to existing surveying techniques. The equation used in the process remained available for others to use in the rubber-making art as well as other arts; in fact, the equation used had long been in use in rubber-molding processes.

Useful Arts” in an Age of Exploding Technology 14 The Examiner reasoned that sinced computer control of a rubber mold press was disclosed by Neugroschl, any novelty of the present invention would be in the algorithm manipulated by the computer.

Burger Associate Justices William J. In re Sherwood, F. Thus, although a principle of nature is recited in the claim, the claim as a whole is not drawn to that principle, but constitutes a use of the principle in a novel way to a practical, beneficial end.

There, someone reads the claims enough to determine where to send the application for examination. However, Commissioner Diamond’s brief before this Court has raised certain points which, though respondents consider them irrelevant, are asserted by Diamond’s brief to be important.