Federal Circuit Weighs Limits On Business Methods

Law360, New York (May 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court panel appeared to be grasping for a way to define when business methods should be patent-eligible on Thursday, according to lawyers who attended oral arguments in the closely watched Bilski case.

About 200 people packed into the courtroom to watch the 12-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit examine the dispute, which raises the question of whether a method for managing risks for commodity providers can be eligible for a patent when it represents a mental process...
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