Mixed reactions to the Supreme Court's Bilski decision 28 Jun 10
Analysis of the Supreme Court's decision in the Bilski case is now coming in thick and fast. Most people think it is good news for business method patents (though not all good news) and bad news for those who do not like such patents or those which protect software. Many comment that the court has actually chosen to do very little. I am particularly intrigued by the comments of Nicholas Groombridge from Weil Gotshal (see below), who states: "Interestingly, and unlike all other recent patent decisions, the Court split on ideological lines: it appears the conservative wing may be concerned that cutting back patent protection too much would be bad for innovation and the economy." If this is the case, does it mean that we wil see fewer Supreme Court paent cases over the coming years?
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