Software Patent Mess Hits High Court With WildTangent Case

Law360, New York (August 26, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT) -- In what attorneys hope will be the first step toward clearing up the muddled legal standard for when software is patent-eligible, WildTangent Inc. asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to address a question it said the Federal Circuit had left in "complete disarray."

The video game company is appealing a June ruling by the appeals court that upheld the validity of an Ultramercial Inc. patent on a way of viewing ads to access online content. WildTangent claims the Federal Circuit has made it too easy to patent abstract ideas implemented using a computer. 

The WildTangent ruling came just weeks after...

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