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Robert L. Maier

The late 1990s and early 2000s brought the gold rush of software patents in the United States. On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in State Street Bank, which confirmed that business methods and related software inventions could be patented in the United States, and in the midst of the dot-com boom, thousands flocked to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to file new patent applications on software inventions. Many of those patents were related to the ways in which data could be stored and manipulated in computer systems.

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