Leahy Says Bilski Exemplifies Patent Law Problems

Law360, New York (June 28, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT) -- Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Monday voiced concerns that the sprawling opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos failed to resolve the real issue with business method patents, possibly spawning unnecessary litigation unless Congress acts.

The closely watched Bilski decision — in which the high court agreed that a claimed invention for hedging against price volatility in the energy markets was not patentable, while rejecting a strict “machine or transformation” test under the Patent Act — is a prime...
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