Computers Don't Make Abstract Ideas Patentable, Justices Told

Law360, New York (February 25, 2014, 9:15 PM EST) -- CLS Bank International urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to rule that abstract ideas implemented using a computer cannot be patented and that a decision invalidating Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd.'s computerized trading platform patents should be upheld.

In the closely watched case, in which the high court will determine when inventions implemented using a computer are eligible for a patent, CLS Bank argued in a response brief that Alice's patents simply claim the basic economic practice of escrow, in which a middleman effectuates a transfer...
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