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Supreme Court Provides Guidance on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

by Michael M. Carlson
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - San Francisco Office

Andrew Chou
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Philadelphia Office

Ronald J. Ventola
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Philadelphia Office

July 7, 2014

Previously published on June 2014

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court invalidated claims directed to methods and computer systems for using an intermediary to reduce the settlement risk in certain financial transactions. The claims were invalidated on the ground that they were drawn to an abstract idea that was not patentable subject matter and that could not be made patentable by implementing it via a computer system. This decision, which provides a new guidepost in the murky jurisprudence of patentable subject matter, will aid those seeking to invalidate patents directed to computer-implemented methods, including computer-implemented business methods.


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