"That leaves patents. In re Bilski, No. 08-964 (certiorari petition filed Jan. 28, 2009), is an important case in which the Federal Circuit curtailed the patentability of software-implemented business methods. According to SCOTUSBlog, there is a good chance the Supreme Court will grant review of the Bilski decision. Bilski was up for discussion yesterday at the Supreme Court's private cert-consideration conference, so we could know as early as Monday if Judge Sotomayor will have that one facing her in the fall. I have no idea what Judge Sotomayor's views are on the patentability of software-implemented business method patents, and I don't think anyone else does either."