High Court Urged To Make Clear If Software Is Patentable

By Kelly Knaub (April 16, 2016, 12:36 AM EDT) -- A patent-holding company urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to review the invalidation of software company Versata's pricing patent in the America Invents Act's business method patent review program, arguing in an amicus brief that the justices must clarify the program's scope and make clear whether software is patent-eligible.

Broadband iTV Inc. told the high court that the Federal Circuit's July ruling upholding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision to toss a patent held by Versata Development Group Inc. — the first company to have a patent invalidated under the AIA's business method review program — demonstrates an "alarming trend."...

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