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CLS Bank v. Alice Decision Addresses Key Patent Eligibility Questions for Computer-Im…

March 17, 2011

CLS Bank v. Alice Decision Addresses Key Patent Eligibility Questions for Computer-Implemented Business and Financial Methods Post-Bilski

Summary: On March 9, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed all claims of patent infringement brought under four patents directed to computer-implemented methods, systems, and products for exchanging a financial obligation, because each of the patent claims was directed to an “abstract idea” and was invalid because it was directed to non-patentable subject matter. The decision is significant because, among other things, it addressed numerous questions left unanswered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bilski v. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010). The attached Client Alert reviews the decision and the significance the decision may have on the scope of the abstract idea exception that had not been addressed either by the Federal Circuit or by the Supreme Court in their respective Bilski decisions.

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