'Nightmare' Ruling On Software Patent Standard Baffles Attys

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT) -- A fractured en banc Federal Circuit opinion on when inventions implemented using a computer are eligible for patents has dismayed attorneys hoping for clarity on the contentious issue and made it all but impossible to know whether software patents will survive scrutiny in future cases.

The full court took the CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. case with the goal of setting guidelines on when a computer-implemented invention covers an abstract idea that is not eligible for a patent. But the conflicting opinions the court issued Friday...
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