Bilski Test Dooms Real Estate Investment Patent

Law360, New York (January 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has granted real estate company Fort Properties Inc.'s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit it brought over a business method patent, ruling that American Master Lease LLC's method for creating an investment instrument out of real property failed the Bilski test.

Los Angeles-based Fort Properties argued in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that the patent fails to meet the Bilski test because none of its claims is tied to a machine or apparatus and none transforms any...
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