OSS-Watch: Software Patents: Follow The Leader
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 28 Apr 2008 14:57
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Enterprise Linux distributor Red Hat has entered what is called an ‘amicus’ brief in a patent appeal case on the US Federal Circuit. A man named Bernard Bilski had applied for a patent on a method for controlling risk in the energy commodity market. The US Patent and Trademark Office rejected the claim as being ‘directed to non-statutory subject matter’ (pdf link), which means that it attempted to gain patent control over something that is excluded from being patented by law. So what does the US law say about what can and cannot be patented?
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