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Bilski: What It Means, Part 2 -- Listening to the Dissenting Opinions

Nov 05, 2008, 23:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"So that's why you see the court here made up of folks old enough, probably, in some cases to be your grandfather or at least your father. That doesn't mean they are out of it or unable to think. Just as you would show respect to your father or grandfather, knowing they have more life experience than you do, it's perfectly appropriate to show respect to those in the judiciary. But does your grandfather understand computers? Your parents? Did you have to show them how to do email? I'm guessing yes. I know I did.

"There probably isn't a single judge on this court who grew up with computers in his or her life. But look at their backgrounds a little more carefully, and you'll see that while they may not know what you know about tech, they are certainly highly educated and highly accomplished individuals in their area of expertise, namely patent law. Let's focus on those who wrote opinions, now. The entire court was involved in the decision, but only six wrote opinions:"

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