The Federal Circuit last month examined terms such as "tangible", "abstract", "concrete" and "transformative" in the closely watched In re Bilski hearing.
Twelve Federal Circuit judges last month questioned lawyers about the definition of terms such as "tangible", "abstract", "concrete" and "transformative", in the closely watched hearing in In re Bilski, which could redefine what is patentable subject matter in the US.
During the rare en banc hearing on May 8, the judges focused on what the proper test should be for patentable subject matter under section 101 of the patent law, and also considered recent case law on business method patents.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit judges heard arguments from the USPTO and the appellee as well as two amici.
The Court considered five questions in its en banc rehearing, most of which relate to Section 101 of the US patent code. It also asked whether it is appropriate to reconsider State Street Bank & Trust Co v Signature Financial Group Inc (which...
Federal Circuit seeks new patentability test in Bilski, 01 June 2008, Eileen McDermott, Washington D.C.
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