What Is an “Abstract Idea”? Who’s on First? What’s on Second?
Intellectual Property Today
Paul Devinsky wrote this bylined article to assess a divided Federal Circuit decision in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corp., which said that patents for a computerized trading platform were valid under U.S. Code Section 101. Rejecting a strong dissent that such a decision did not conform to the Supreme Court’s Prometheus and Bilski rulings, the majority held that “a specific way of doing something with a computer is likely to be patent eligible.”