The software patent debate is the argument dealing with the extent to which it should be possible to patent software and computer-implemented inventions as a matter of public policy. Policy debate on software patents has been active for years. The opponents to software patents have gained more visibility with less resources through the years than their pro-patent opponents. Arguments and critiques have been focused mostly on the economic consequences of software patents.
One aspect of the debate has focused on the proposed European Union directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, also known as the "CII Directive" or the "Software Patent Directive," which was ultimately rejected by the EU Parliament in July 2005.
... case believed to influence the future of software patents was by the Supreme Court of the United States ... Bilski and his partner Warsaw applied for and were denied a patent for their business method of hedging risks in commodities trading ... The patent examiner rejected the patent on the grounds that it was not implemented in a specific apparatus and was purely abstract in nature ...
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