FreedomToTinker: Federal Circuit Reins in Business Method Patents
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 02 Nov 2008 23:04
Number of posts: 1
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The decision is surprising because the Federal Circuit has until recently been strongly in favor of expanding patent rights. During the 1990s, it handed down its Alappat and State Street decisions, which gave a green light to patents on software and business methods, two categories of innovation that had traditionally been regarded as ineligible for patent protection. Even as the evidence mounted earlier this decade that these patents were hindering, rather than promoting, technological innovation, the Federal Circuit showed no sign of backing down.
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