"Well, it may take some time to digest, but it's likely this will be appealed to the Supreme Court, so that process may take a while. Given the Supreme Court's recent rulings on patents, however, if I had to take a guess, I think they would support this ruling. But, you never know until it's decided. This ruling will, however, send serious shockwaves through pretty much every industry — because software and business method patents are found just about everywhere. Companies that rely on such patents (such as patent hoarding companies) may have just found out their current business model is about to go away. An awful lot of patents are now about to be invalidated, and a lot of patent lawsuits may get thrown out as the patents do not meet the criteria set forth in this decision."