Supreme Court: Abstract Idea Isn't Patentable When Tied To A Computer

June 19, 2014

​Daniel Brownstone, of counsel in Fenwick & West‘s patent group was quoted in an article on about the Supreme Court’s decision in the high-profile patent case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, in which the Court ruled unanimously that an abstract idea is not patentable. Brownstone told that this broad ruling leaves questions unanswered regarding the patentability of software in future.

"The court gave very little guidance as to how to identify an 'abstract idea,' which is a problem that has plagued its [patent law] jurisprudence,” he said. “Many patented inventions can be expressed in terms of abstract ideas."

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