Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Business Model And Software Patents To Be Reviewed in Court

Techdirt writes Patentability of Business Model and Software Patents Comes Under Court Scrutiny: "Nearly ten years ago, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) made its ruling in the State Street Bank case, effectively allowing patents on business models and greatly expanding the scope of software patents in one single move. While there are many problems with the patent system, this one decision made for a lot more bad patents very quickly -- and many of the ridiculous lawsuits you see today wouldn't even exist if this decision had gone the other way. While we've seen the Supreme Court suddenly get religion on fixing the patent system in the past few years, it hasn't really touched on the question of software or business model patents. "

"CAFC has agreed to a full court hearing to examine the scope of what can be patented. It may sound like a technicality, but it could be a very big deal."

1 comment:

Natalie & Jessica's Dad said...

A little more info (and more to come I'm sure) at http://ipspotlight.com/, which is a blog written by a patent lawyer friend of mine.