Tagged: Business Method Patents

Gibbons Institute Webinar Discusses the Supreme Court’s Bilski Decision

The Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology hosted a webinar on July 1 to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bilski v. Kappos that addressed the limitations on the patentability of business methods. More than 50 people listened to this webinar, which featured Erik Lillquist, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law; Robert E. Rudnick, Director, Intellectual Property, Gibbons P.C., and David W. Opderbeck, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall University School of Law.

Supreme Court’s Bilski Decision Rejects Federal Circuit’s Machine-Or-Transformation Test For Business Method Patents

On June 28, 2010, the Supreme Court handed down a highly anticipated decision affirming the Federal Circuit in Bilski v. Kappos. At issue in Bilski was the patentability of a claimed business method or process for hedging against the risk of price changes in an energy market. The Court unanimously affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision to reject Bilski’s process claims as being unpatentable, but split in its opinion as to the grounds for rejecting the claims.