Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Supreme Court justices sound wary during oral arguments on software patents case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning the “settlement” software patented by Alice, challenged by CLS Bank, Monday.

The basic link for the oral argument text is here

Adam Liptak has a story in the New York Times Business Day Tuesday, “Justices seem wary of software patent case”, link here

The Court is wary of discouraging innovation by invalidating all software patents, but is also aware the patenting of functional concepts has been inviting trolling, which can even affect end users.
One justice said that the underlying concept in the Alice case was simply “solvency”.

Robert Barnes has a similar story in the Washington Post March 31, here

Imagine the possibility that the “Opposing Viewpoints” database and scripts that I proposed on my main “BillBoushka” blog (Feb. 29, 2012).  Suppose there was a database and associated object oriented methods source code, available to social media companies, or perhaps even to public school systems or universities teaching history, government or political science.  It’s hard to imagine this concept as a patent, the software would certainly be copyrightable.
Vox Media might have a similar issue when it develops is “news apps” (IT jobs blog, Mar. 27, 2014). 

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