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Alice v CLS oral arguments at SCOTUS: The crucial exchanges

Michael Loney, New York


Oral arguments in the most-closely watched patent case of the year were heard at the Supreme Court on March 31, with the Justices’ questions suggesting they might sidestep the controversial question of how to define an abstract idea and one Justice even evoking King Tut

In the arguments for Alice v CLS, the Supreme Court was considering whether claims to computer-implemented inventions are patent-eligible subject matter within the meaning of Section 101 of the Patent Act.

In the case, CLS Bank contends that adding conventional...


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