Supreme Court to finally decide whether people can patent software

The court agreed to hear the case Alice Corporation Pty. v. CLS Bank International to look into the issue of “whether claims to computer-implemented inventions – including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of manufacture – are directed to patent-eligible subject matter.”

Winklevoss Twins

Winklevoss twins finally finish row with Facebook

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twins whose story was prominently told alongside Mark Zuckerberg’s in the movie The Social Network, have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court concerning their $65 million cash-and-stock settlement with Facebook and Zuckerberg.

Making obviousness more obvious

Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a patent decision (PDF) that makes it easier to deny or challenge a patent that seems “obvious” to a patent examiner or a court. This decision has already been hailed by the technology industry, which has lobbied hard for legal changes that would limit inventors’ rights somewhat in order to discourage “patent trolls.”