New Obstacles Are Raised to Protecting Computer-Related Inventions (PDF)
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Recent court decisions make it more challenging to protect computer-related inventions with patents. In the case of Accenture v. Guidewire, the Federal Circuit issued a split decision holding that a computer-related invention was not eligible to be patented. At issue was the validity of an already issued patent having claims directed to a system, and to a method, for generating tasks to be performed in an insurance organization.
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