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To Practice Tax Law, You Need A Patent License

Law360 (September 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ever since the landmark 1998 State Street Bank v. Signature Financial Group opinion by Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, business-method patents (BMP’s) have been used to obtain government-sanctioned monopolies in a myriad of diverse technology and business areas.

These include Amazon now-famous “one-click” patent, AOL’s hypermedia publishing patent, eBay’s information presentation patent; Netflix’s method of renting patent, Overture’s search result list influencing patent and Priceline’s conditional purchase patent.

Now, to the dismay of many tax practitioners, BMP’s are moving aggressively into the area of...
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