Since the Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, that a specific software algorithm was ineligible for patent protection, rumors abound that all software-related inventions are unpatentable. Although the Alice decision made it more difficult to obtain software patents, clever patent attorneys continued to find ways to secure software patents for their clients. Recently, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal Circuit) made their job easier by issuing software-friendly rulings in at least three cases.
Originally published in the Orange County Business Journal - October 31st-November 6th, 2016.
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