Fed. Circ. Aims For Clear Rules On Software Patents

By Ryan Davis (February 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EST) -- A case set for oral arguments before the full Federal Circuit on Friday has the potential to provide much-needed clarity on when inventions implemented using a computer are eligible for a patent, attorneys said.

In several recent decisions, the appeals court has wrestled with the question of whether patents on software and other computer-based inventions claim nothing more than an abstract idea that cannot be patented.

At arguments slated for Feb. 8, the court will use a dispute over Alice Corp.'s patents on a computerized trading platform as a way to establish a test for determining whether a computer-implemented invention covers...

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