On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l. and held that the claimed computer-implemented business method did not recite patent-eligible subject matter. The Alice decision examines the subject matter eligibility of computer-related patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and is the latest since Bilski v. Kappos to review the abstract idea exception to patent subject matter eligibility. The decision applies a two-part test to determine whether a patent claim falls under the abstract idea exception. Justice Thomas wrote the opinion of the Court.
The business method patents at issue in Alice were directed to a computer-implemented scheme for mitigating settlement risk in certain financial transactions. The claims included a method, a computer-readable medium, and a system.
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Topics: Alice Corporation, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, Risk Mitigation, SCOTUS, Software
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