April 2, 2014 — The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on March 31 in Alice v. CLS Bank, the much anticipated case concerning whether inventions executed on computers are patent eligible subject matter under the “abstract idea” test.
In Alice, the petitioner Alice is a patent owner whose invention was found not patent-eligible at the district court and Federal Circuit. It sought to convince the Supreme Court that its process and system claims to intermediated settlements in trading situations are patent-eligible. The invention faced an uphill battle at the Supreme Court.
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