"The Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit has handed down its decision in the Bilski case. In a main judgment written by Chief Justice Paul Michel, the court has denied the appeal by a 9 to 3 majority. It has therefore confirmed the decision of USPTO's Board of Appeal to uphold the rejection of the appellant's original patent application. Judges Newman, Rader and Mayer dissented. […] Note also, footnote number 23, pages 21 to 22: … although invited to do so by several amici, we decline to adopt a broad exclusion over software or any other such category of subject matter beyond the exclusion of claims drawn to fundamental principles set forth by the Supreme Court … We also note that the process claim at issue in this appeal is not, in any event, a software claim. Thus, the facts here would be largely unhelpful in illuminating the distinctions between those software claims that are patent-eligible and those that are not."