A U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that it is legitimate to patent ways of conducting high-tech business, making a few firms happy but potentially creating big headaches for many other Internet shopkeepers. Will legal protection for budding business practices help or hinder the new economy?
Floodgates open for patent cases
news analysis A change in laws and opportunities for ways to make money have opened the floodgates for a raft of new patent cases.
Will patents help e-commerce?
Who's got the patent?
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