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[News] Bilski Case Seems Likely to be Won by Kappos

  • Subject: [News] Bilski Case Seems Likely to be Won by Kappos
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 09:17:20 +0000
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Supreme Skepticism Over Bilski Claims Puts Method Patents on Shaky Ground

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| For the first time in almost 30 years, the 
| U.S. Supreme Court on Monday considered the 
| issue of what types of technology should be 
| eligible for patent protection when it heard 
| oral arguments in Bilski v. Kappos.


Justices Show Supreme Skepticism About Broad Business Model Patents


Bilski oral argument highlights (or rather, lowlights...)



FSF files brief in Bilski case calling on the Supreme Court to eliminate software patents

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| The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today submitted an amicus
| curiae brief calling on the Supreme Court to affirm that software
| ideas are not patentable. After outlining the positive impact that
| the free software movement and the GNU General Public License (GNU
| GPL) have had on computer use, the brief explains how software
| patents are an obstacle and a danger to software developers.


SFLC files Bilski brief: Software should not be patentable and don't forget the 1st Amendment

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| The Software Freedom Law Center has now filed its brief in Bilski.
| You can read it online here, as well as download it as a PDF or as
| Postscript. It raises three major points: 1) software is just
| algorithms for computers in human readable terms, and algorithms
| are not patentable; 2) excluding software from patentable subject
| matter encourages innovation in software; and 3) the First
| Amendment prohibits permitting the patenting of abstract ideas. I
| think you'll find that last point the most interesting.

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