The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently addressed the critical issue of when certain inventions implemented using a computer are eligible for patent protection. In CLS Bank Int'l v. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., 717 F.3d 1269 (Fed. Cir. May 10, 2013), a sharply divided en banc court issued an opinion affirming, without analysis, that patent claims directed to a computerized platform for conducting financial transactions were not patent-eligible under § 101 of the Patent Act.
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