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Attorneys Eye "Tidal Wave" Of Biz Method Patents

Law360 (October 18, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A landmark decision by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office this week will lead to a wave of new business-method patents, widening the canyon between U.S. law and the patent regimes of other countries, patent attorneys agree.

In a decision that puts USPTO practice in line with previous rulings by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences decided that there is no judicially recognized separate “technological arts” test to determine patent eligibility....
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