In 1999, patent attorney Scott Harris and two buddies attempted to break new ground by applying to patent a "paradigm" for marketing software to customers. On Friday, the Federal Circuit, relying on its recent Bilski decision, rejected their patent claim. Harris said he was disappointed but not surprised, saying the Federal Circuit is lately "trying to restrict the scope of patents, and this is just one more in a series." Harris added that he may appeal to the Supreme Court.
Federal Circuit Bars Patent for Business 'Paradigm'
March 9, 2009