Client Brief: Living Up to the Hype? – The Supreme Court Rules on Patenting Business Methods and Other Processes: Bilski and Its Impact

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in Bilski v. Kappos, No. 08-964, 561 U.S. ___ (2010), in which it provided further guidance on the patentability of processes, and in particular “business methods.” It was anticipated that this decision would settle a years-long debate among patent lawyers and others in the business and technical communities about whether business methods should be eligible for patenting. In the end, however, the decision was less than what some feared and others had hoped.

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