PatentlyO: Patenting Tax Strategies Under Bilski
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 27 Nov 2008 22:07
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Except for the few patent holders and Accenture, the tax strategy business community has been largely anti-patent – going so far as to lobby congress to introduce legislation to create a specific exception that would block enforcement of those patents. In Bilski, the Federal Circuit refused to categorically exclude any particular fields of business or technology from the scope of patent protection. The court specifically mentioned software and business methods as still patentable. Presumably, tax strategies are still patentable as well. The closest the court came to creating an exclusion is for purely 'mental' processes – where each step of the process could be performed in the human mind.
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