High Court Must Lower Bar For Patents
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Started by: ggiedkeggiedke
Date: 09 Nov 2009 18:16
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
In upholding a lower court ruling, the federal circuit wrote that a business process (like online banking) must be `tied to a machine' or transform `a substance into a different state or thing' in order to qualify for patent protection. This `machine or transformation' test, as it is called, is too rigid to incite innovation. If the circuit court ruling is upheld, it could have a negative effect on Connecticut technology companies where the ability to patent innovations in business systems is critical to be competitive and maintain customers.
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