Das höchste Berufungsgericht der USA hat die Patentierbarkeit von Software und Geschäftsmethoden strengeren Regeln unterworfen.
Den aktuellen Originalartikel dazu lesen auf US-Gericht schränkt Softwarepatente ein
Siehe dazu auch Federal Court Issues “Bilski” Decision
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision in the “Bilski” case. In doing so, it could be the first nail in the coffin of what are often called “software patents”. However, the ruling is narrow and does not completely eliminate the vagueness in patent-eligibility that has exacerbated the threat of patents to software freedom.
Specifically, the decision discards many of the confusing tests of patent-elegibility under Section 101 of the Patent Act that have lead to the proliferation of business method patents that read on software, including those contained in court’s decision in State Street. The Court limited the inquiry for patents on processes to a single patent eligibility test — the “machine-or-transformation” test. (The case did not address the other three categories of patent eligible subject matter: machines, manufacturers and compositions of matter.)…