Why Patenting Information Technology and Business Methods is not Sound Policy: Lessons from History and Prophecies for the Future

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Published by Western Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc. in Hamline Law Review, winter 2002.

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Hamline Law Review


... The Internet infrastructure that fuels the transmission of data and has created a several billion-dollar e-commerce industry has developed at an unprecedented rate. ... The surge in applications for business method patents that can be applied on the Internet has been significant. ... Internet business method patent applications call upon two areas of patent law, namely algorithms and business methods, neither of which falls within the statutory definition of patents as defined under current United States patent law...