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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its ruling in In re Bilski, 9-3, on 30 October 2008. The issues in the case were discussed in the July/August and September/October 2008 issues of IEEE Micro "What Kinds of Computer-Software-Related Advances (if Any) Are Eligible for Patents?" The court's ruling may limit the availability of patents on business methods and call into question the validity of the many business-method patents that the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has issued in the last decade.

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 6 )

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Nov.-Dec. 2008

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