The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will determine what computer software is eligible for patent protection, Reuters reported Friday.
Several tech companies, including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, and Netflix, have urged the court to take on this decision.
The case centers on a dispute between two companies over financial transaction software. Alice Corporation Pty Ltd. holds a patent for software that facilitates financial transactions. CLS Bank International is challenging the patent.
This will be an important case, particularly for tech companies that often use patents to wield lawsuits as a way to fight off competition. Patents … Read more