Appeals court to scrutinize software patent process

02/8/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

An appeals court in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to hear a case today that could have widespread ramifications throughout the IT industry. The ruling could make it more difficult for developers to patent new software. The case, which involves a patent challenge against an Australian company on the grounds that the patents are based on an abstract concept, has drawn the interest of many in the tech industry who say software patents are often vague and hard to define.

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