The President's Column
Hi and welcome to the inaugural issue of Software
Scan, a newsletter from SAFE Corporation that promises
to provide the best and latest information regarding the complex
issues surrounding software plagiarism, software intellectual property,
IP litigation, and various software analysis tools.
In the Scanning IP section
of this newsletter we talk about laws, regulations, and cases involving
software intellectual property litigation. In the Scanning
Tools section, we talk about laws, regulations, and
cases involving intellectual property litigation.
Send me your comments and critiques. I'm always interested
in hearing from you.
President, SAFE Corporation
Is Software Still Patentable?
One of the most important patent rulings in recent history is the
ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in
the case of In Re Bernard L. Bilski and Rand A. Warsaw. In
1998, the CAFC ruled in the case of State Street Bank & Trust
v. Signature Financial Group that software was patentable as
long as it produced a "useful, concrete, and tangible result."
In Bilski, the CAFC has narrowed software patentability by
requiring that "(1) it is tied to a particular machine or apparatus,
or (2) it transforms a particular article into a different state
or thing." This new "machine of transformation" requirement
invalidated Bilski's patent, which was not explicitly for software
but for a business method of hedging risks in commodities trading.
While software patents are still valid, this new test puts more
restrictions on them, or at least on how the patent claims are written.
For more detailed information, I recommend the following articles:
States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Wikipedia article
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