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Red Hat Responds to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Request for Guidance on Bilski

Sep 29, 2010, 22:33 (3 Talkback[s])

"Yesterday Red Hat has submitted comments to the U.S Patent and Trademark Office regarding interpretation of the Supreme Court's Bilski decision.

"The submission was made in response to the PTO's request for public comments to assist it in determining how to apply the Supreme Court's decision in that case. Although the Bilski decision did not expressly address the standards for refusing to allow software patents, interpretation of the decision will determine whether certain patents are granted. Thus the PTO's approach to examining patent applications will have a substantial effect on the patent landscape.

"Red Hat previously submitted an amicus brief in Bilski. Its comments to the PTO indicate its continuing commitment to reform of the patent system to address the harms caused by poor quality software patents."

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