The Patentability of Software


"The Patentability of Software" with Ray Meiers. The Patentability of Software after the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International.

By The Nerd Summit.

Abstract of the presentation:

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in ALICE CORPORATION PTY. LTD, PETITIONER v. CLS BANK INTERNATIONAL ET AL. The case involved the patentability of a software-implemented invention. The Court determined that the invention did not qualify as patentable subject matter. However, the Court did not expressly hold that software is unpatentable per se. Thus, the decision has created tremendous uncertainty about the patentability of inventions dependent on software. Thousands of issued patents may now be invalid and numerous pending patent applications may face no pathway to allowance.

The presentation will briefly describe the history of software patenting, the specific facts of the ALICE case, and the aftermath of the decision thus far. Responses to the decision will then be offered and it is hoped that the presentation will then turn into a group dialogue about the hoped-for future of software patents.


Maumee, OH 43537, US (map)

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