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Problems in Re Bilski for SCOTUS

May 11, 2010, 20:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Pogson)

"During arguments, the justices demonstrated clear understanding of the issues, including that allowing business methods may include algorithms in a computer programme where quantities in the memory of a computer can represent real-world values that matter to business. This opens the whole can-of-worms that are software patents. A business method is an abstract idea. If it were real, then it would follow natural law and anyone implementing method X would always get the same result. We know that does not happen. How can something that depends on timing, opportunity, demands of others, interference by others be patentable? It hardly can be classified as a "useful art" if the outcome is uncertain."

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