Strong Software Patents Crucial, Michel Tells Justices

Law360, New York (January 28, 2014, 6:07 PM EST) -- As the U.S. Supreme Court considers how to evaluate when software can be patented, former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel warned the justices Monday that adopting a standard that weakens patent protection for software would "cripple, if not destroy, computer-related industries."

Judge Michel's amicus brief in the closely watched Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case argues that recent decisions by both the high court and the Federal Circuit have gone down a "dangerous road" by holding patents invalid for claiming abstract ideas.

He urged the...
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