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New ruling in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank means firms must do more to advance 'abstract' software claims to receive a patent.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
The court rejects one particular patent but doesn't provide new guidance about what types of business methods and software are patentable.
President Obama's deputy CTO was a leading legal expert on virtual worlds and tech patent issues before joining the administration.
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.
Case raises questions about the patentability of business method patents, says CNET Blog Network contributor Matt Wermager.