"Inventors Bernard L. Bilski and Rand A. Warsaw said, "We welcome the Supreme Court reviewing the case. The creation of new business methods is critical to spurring economic growth in this country. The Federal Circuit’s Bilski decision is a throwback to the 19th century when our economy was primarily manufacturing based, and fails to recognize that many inventions are based on ideas not necessarily tied to a machine or piece of equipment. Prior to the Federal Circuit’s decision, the ability to patent a business method put the U.S. squarely ahead of the rest the world in protecting valuable intellectual property assets that are integral to encouraging innovation in today’s economy. The Federal Circuit’s decision represents a step backward. Wayne Sobon, Associate General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property of Accenture and founder of NewEconomyPatents.org, agreed, noting, "The Federal Circuit’s Bilski decision approaches the U.S. economy as if the incredible revolutions in software, the internet and business innovation of the last 30 years never happened. That’s just wrong. In today’s knowledge and services-based economy, innovation and competitive advantage depend just as much on creating new business processes as creating new widgets. Patent law should reflect the current realities of the economic marketplace.""