PatentlyO: BPAI: “Programmed Computer Method” Not Patentable Subject Matter
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 25 Nov 2008 16:51
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Halligan's patent application claims a "programmed computer method" that operates to identify trade secret information. (Claim 119). In essence, the computer program has the common law rules of trade secrets hardcoded, and those rules are applied to determine whether particular information is a "trade secret." Applying the machine-or-transformation test of Bilski, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) rejected Halligan's claims as lacking patentable subject matter under 35 USC § 101.
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