Lawyers Weigh In On High Court’s Software Patent Ruling


Margaret (Peg) Duncan asserted that the Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. decision “confirmed that computer-implemented inventions, such as computer software, remain eligible for patent protection” but that “abstract ideas are not patent eligible.” In so ruling, she continued, the Court held that inventors must “provide practical assurance that a claim to a computer-implemented invention is more than a drafting effort designed to monopolize the abstract idea itself.”