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"'''Bilski'''" an ongoing set of series of court cases that will change the patentability of software in the [[USA]].  The Bilski patent itself is a [[business method patent]], not a [[software patent]], but the court ruling will affect the patentability of software either directly or because it will replace previous rulings which affect the patentability of software.
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==Origins==
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The [[USPTO]] rejected Bilski's patent.  Bilski appealed to the ''[[Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences]]'', but was rejected again.  Bilski took the USPTO to the [[Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit]] (CAFC), again demanding that his patent be granted, again rejected ([[in re Bilski]]).  So Bilski asked the [[US Supreme Court]] to review the CAFC's decision, and they agreed.  This is the pending case [[Bilski v. Kappos]].
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==Why is it important?==
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The 2008 ruling of the [[Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit]] (CAFC) was broad enough to reject Bilski's patent ''and'' a certain category of software patents.
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The [[US Supreme Court|Supreme Court]] agreed to review the CAFC's ruling (as [[Bilski v. Kappos (2009, USA)|Bilski v. Kappos]]), and the judges raised the issue of software during [http://news.swpat.org/2009/11/bilski-hearing-transcript/ the hearing].
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The Supreme Court's ruling could greatly change the patentability of software patents, business method patents, and the middle ground of e-commerce patents.
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==Related pages on {{SITENAME}}==
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The related pages on this wiki are:
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* [[Bilski v. Kappos (2009, USA)]] - the ongoing case at the US Supreme Court
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** [[Bilski v. Kappos amicus briefs]]
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* [[In re Bilski]] - the 2008 case at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC)
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* [[Machine-or-transformation]] - the test put in place by the CAFC in 2008
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* [[Bilski 3]] - brainstorming for the future
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* [[Bilski brainstorming]] - a page previously used while drafting [[FSF]]'s brief to the Supreme Court
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* [[Case law in the USA]]
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* [[Bilski's patent]] - the text of the application
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==External links==
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* [http://endsoftpatents.org/about-bilski ESP's About Bilski]
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* [http://www.awakenip.com/?page_id=279 AwakenIP's list of all official documents], for both the CAFC and the Supreme Court cases
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* [http://thepriorart.typepad.com/the_prior_art/2010/07/post-bilski-landscape-attempt-to-ban-biz-meth-patents-fails.html The Post-Bilski landscape: Why some tried, but failed, to ban "business method" patents], July 15<sup>th</sup> 2010
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Revision as of 19:57, 11 February 2011

(You can follow our Bilski news in the Bilski section of news.swpat.org)

"Bilski" an ongoing set of series of court cases that will change the patentability of software in the USA. The Bilski patent itself is a business method patent, not a software patent, but the court ruling will affect the patentability of software either directly or because it will replace previous rulings which affect the patentability of software.

Contents

Origins

The USPTO rejected Bilski's patent. Bilski appealed to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, but was rejected again. Bilski took the USPTO to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), again demanding that his patent be granted, again rejected (in re Bilski). So Bilski asked the US Supreme Court to review the CAFC's decision, and they agreed. This is the pending case Bilski v. Kappos.

Why is it important?

The 2008 ruling of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) was broad enough to reject Bilski's patent and a certain category of software patents.

The Supreme Court agreed to review the CAFC's ruling (as Bilski v. Kappos), and the judges raised the issue of software during the hearing.

The Supreme Court's ruling could greatly change the patentability of software patents, business method patents, and the middle ground of e-commerce patents.

Related pages on en.swpat.org

The related pages on this wiki are:

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