Business Method Patents Down But Not Out: Experts

Law360, New York (October 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- After months of speculation over the fate of business method patents, a federal appeals court has rejected a patent application covering a method for hedging risks in commodities trading for not meeting patent eligibility requirements. Is the Bilski decision the end for business method patents? Far from it, lawyers say.

In one of the most high-profile patent decisions of this term, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 9-3 in the In Re Bilski case on Thursday, finding that the patent application at...
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