by Dennis Crouch
A patent lawyer walks into a barber shop. The barber takes a look at the lawyer for a bit, and then says, “Ok, that’ll be $20.” The lawyer responds, “But you didn’t cut my hair!” The barber replies, “That’s ‘insignificant post-solution activity.’”
Kwun’s short analysis considers In re Brown, No. 2015-1852 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 22, 2016) (nonprecedential opinion), where the Federal Circuit ruled that the claimed “method of cutting hair” lacks subject matter eligibility.
The rejected claim:
1. A method of cutting hair comprising;
a) defining a head shape as one of balanced, horizontal oblong or vertical oblong by determining the greater distance between a first distance between a fringe point and a low point of the head and a second distance between the low point of the head and the occipital bone;
b) designating the head into at least three partial zones;
c) identifying at least three hair patterns;
d) assigning at least one of said at least three hair patterns to each of the said partial zones to either build weight or remove weight in at least two of said partial zones; and
e) using scissors to cut hair according to said assigned hair pattern in each of the said partial zones.
My 2011 video is somewhat on point: HairCut