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5 Tips For Getting Software Patents Approved Post-Alice

Law360, New York (September 2, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's Alice Corp. decision barring patents on computer-implemented abstract ideas made it tougher to obtain patent protection for software inventions, but it is not impossible, attorneys say. 

The high court's June ruling invalidated Alice Corp.'s patents on a computerized method of reducing risk in financial trading, holding that an abstract idea or other "building blocks of human ingenuity" do not become eligible for a patent under Section 101 of the Patent Act simply by being implemented using a general-purpose computer.

The court gave some guidance on how computer-related patents can be written so they don't run afoul of...

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