Federal Circuit Limits Patenting of Abstract Ideas

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Some big tech companies have complained for years about certain kinds of software patents that they say just apply a computer to common and established concepts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has now given some support to their complaints by invalidating a family of software patents owned by Alice Corp., an licensing company. But the split nature of the court's decision will lessen its impact on future lawsuits.

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