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Supreme Court raises bar on software patent claims

New ruling in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank means firms must do more to advance 'abstract' software claims to receive a patent.

By June 19, 2014


Apple v. Samsung

The electronics titans square off in a tangled tale of mobile technology, centered on Apple's iPhone and iPad, that delves into where one company's designs end and another's begin.


Apple hit with patent lawsuit over iPhone's use of headphones

An apparent shell company files a $3 million lawsuit over a 2008 patent covering an interface for sending and receiving audio signals from a phone.

By November 27, 2012


Oracle gets a chance to rewrite software law

By arguing that programming interfaces called APIs can be copyrighted, Oracle could trigger new legal burdens for technology companies -- such as those building cloud-computing platforms.

By May 7, 2012


What the i4i-Microsoft patent case means for software users

The Supreme Court decision affirming the $240 million judgment against Microsoft for violating i4i's XML patent highlights the broken technology-patent system, especially for software.

By June 14, 2011


Supreme Court hedges on business method patents

Bilski v. Kappos decision does little to quiet a fierce debate on the value and harm of such patents raging in the business and academic worlds, Stanford Law fellow Larry Downes writes.

By June 28, 2010


Buzz Out Loud 1258: Plants vs. Lasers (podcast)

Look for Brian Tong's new movement on Facebook: pain-ray-free produce. But the rest of us actually think it's kind of cool that the government pain-ray has been re-tasked to warm freezing plants. Also, the Supreme Court has finally ruled in the Bilski patent case, giving us a relatively non-destructive moderate decision. ACTA is ramping up again, and we make a date to go see "The Social Network."

By June 28, 2010


Supreme Court sidesteps software patent issue

The court rejects one particular patent but doesn't provide new guidance about what types of business methods and software are patentable.

By June 28, 2010


Charting a course from virtual reality to the White House

President Obama's deputy CTO was a leading legal expert on virtual worlds and tech patent issues before joining the administration.

By December 15, 2009


Court case could redefine business method, software patents

Software and Internet companies are closely eyeing appeals court case that could affect the way they do business. Some are using it as a platform to bash or promote software patents.

By May 8, 2008


End of an era? Patentability of business method patents

Case raises questions about the patentability of business method patents, says CNET Blog Network contributor Matt Wermager.

By March 7, 2008