Localtechwire: The patent office in crisis: When the going gets tough, the tough get going
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Date: 18 Jul 2009 14:13
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Summary:
Bilski involves issues regarding what can be patented, and the Supreme Court decision could change the current approach to "method patents," and perhaps even impact "software patents." A further and more significant change may come from the President's nomination of David Kappos of IBM to be the next Director of the Patent Office. While in the past, IBM was a prolific filer of patent applications, many of them covering business methods and software, it has filed an amicus brief in Bilski opposing the patentability of business method patents. However, and perhaps not surprisingly, IBM defends approval of software patents. Mr. Kappos announced his opposition to business method patents last year by stating that "[y]ou're creating a new 20-year monopoly for no good reason." Thus, it is unclear where Mr. Kappos will attempt to draw the line between software and business method inventions worthy of patent protection.
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