The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday set the stage for a landmark decision on the patentability of 21st century creations from software to biotech -- an issue on which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor could make a significant difference if confirmed. Justices agreed to review the case Bilski v. Doll, a challenge to last fall's Federal Circuit ruling, which narrowed the patentability of so-called "business methods," shorthand for a broad range of processes not tied to manufacturing.
Supreme Court to Hear 'Bilski' Case on Business Method Patents
The National Law Journal
June 2, 2009