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Anthony Kennedy (US Supreme Court Justice) on software patents

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Anthony Kennedy, or Justice Kennedy, is a judge on the US Supreme Court.

Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court in Bilski v. Kappos (2010, USA) and in KSR v. Teleflex (2007, USA).


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[edit] The Bilski hearing

(see: The Bilski hearing transcript, as text)
it’s difficult for me to think that Congress would want to — would have wanted to give only one person the capacity to issue insurance

I wonder if he thinks the same about giving only one person the capacity to write video playing software.

Discussing Diehr, Kennedy says:

[...]you don’t know much from that language. But that was something that you could touch, that you could see, that looked like a machine, the substance was different before the process and after the process.

Kennedy agreed with this statement from Justice Stevens:

Stevens: I don’t understand why that isn’t just the application of a process, which – which is not itself patentable subject matter, to a particular machine that can use process

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