Anyone hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court would limit the ability to patent software will be disappointed by Monday's ruling.
The court ruled against patent applicants Bernard Bilski and Rand Warsaw (PDF), who in 1997 had tried to patent a process for hedging investments, a process of countering one investment risk with another.
But the majority of justices stopped far short of a broader ruling that would have curbed so-called business method patents -- and perhaps software patents as well.
"The patent application here can be rejected under our precedents on the unpatentability of abstract ideas. The … Read more