Law: Federal Circuit Bars Patent for Business 'Paradigm'
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Date: 09 Mar 2009 14:13
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During the heady dot-com heyday, patent attorney Scott Harris and his buddies set off to patent a far-out sounding "paradigm" for marketing software to customers. The idea reached the end of the road Friday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit determined that it's not worthy of a patent. Citing its recent decision in In Re Bilski, which found that pure business methods aren't patentable, the court ruled that the "Applicants do no more than provide an abstract idea -- a business model for an intangible marketing company." Harris, who gained notoriety when he was pushed out of Fish & Richardson in 2007 after one of his patents was asserted against firm client Google, said he was disappointed but not surprised.
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