Fed. Circ. Urged To Resolve Simmering Abstract Patent Debate

Law360, New York (August 23, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT) -- Two companies asked the full Federal Circuit on Wednesday to issue conclusive guidance on when abstract concepts implemented on a computer become eligible for a patent, a request attorneys said could resolve a contentious issue that has bedeviled the court in recent months.

WildTangent Inc. and CLS Bank International filed separate petitions for en banc rehearing of cases in which patents they were accused of infringing, which involve computer-implemented methods, were found by the court not to run afoul of the statutory prohibition against patents on...
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