Supreme Court to decide when ideas become too 'abstract' to patent
August 29, 2014
STEVEN IVY P.C. - PATENT LAW - The case could make it harder to patent “computer-implemented” business methods, including software. Google, Facebook, Macy’s, and Twitter beg the Court to do so; yet IBM disagrees. For the common mortal, the case, known as Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, is a frustrating one. It involves an “invention” that is so vague and inchoate that most of us would not consider it an invention at all, but rather just a prediction that someone else would eventually invent the thing being described.