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Closely Watched Appeals Court Ruling Provides Limited Guidance on Future of Computer & Software...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erika Poole
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Closely Watched Appeals Court Ruling Provides Limited Guidance on Future of 
Computer and Software Patents

 

May 31, 2013: Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc decision in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. (CLS), which was expected to clarify the standard for patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. Instead, the one-paragraph, per curiam decision reflected a serious divide in the court concerning the future of computer and software patents. The immediate effect of the split was to affirm the trial court’s ruling that the claims at issue were merely "abstract ideas” and ineligible for patent protection. 

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