The SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the US) blog has an analysis of the oral arguments heard in the Bilski case
today. This is a case that many hope will reduce the scope of what is patentable in the US, and the justices seemed skeptical of the arguments made in defense of the Bilski patent on a "business method". "The largest question left unanswered when the one-hour argument was over was whether the Court would go forward and issue a major new ruling interpreting patent law, when the practical result here seemed so evident. Lawyers and judges have invested heavy resources in the Bilski case, and it does raise a fundamental question that may well need answering. But, when there may well be no formulation of patent law that would salvage the Bilski-Warsaw creation, why bother?
(thanks to Rahul Sundaram).
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