"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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