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A more permissive approach? — New patent test issued for computer-based inventions


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Abstract: In the eyes of some, an early 2012 Supreme Court decision seemed to make it harder for the holders of business-method patents to overcome challenges asserting that their inventions are unpatentable abstract ideas. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a recent case, appears to indicate a more permissive approach in favor of patentability. This article examines the case, which discusses the question of what constitutes an unpatentable “abstract idea.” But a sidebar looks at a case immediately following in which the Federal Circuit ruled differently. Citations: Mayo Collaborative Svcs. v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., No. 10-1150, March 20, 2012 (Supreme Court); CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. Party Ltd., No. 2011-1301, July 9, 2012 (Fed. Cir.); Bancorp Svcs., LLC v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, No. 2011-1467, July 26, 2012 (Fed. Cir.)

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