The justices said they will review a lower court decision that narrowed the class of patentable inventions, excluding some innovations that don't have a physical component. Because it came from the federal appeals court that handles all patent appeals, the ruling had marked a watershed in U.S. intellectual property law.Supreme Court to Hear Business-Method Patent Case - washingtonpost.com
The issue is dividing companies. Microsoft, IBM and a financial-services industry trade group supported limits on business-method patents at the appeals court, while others, including consulting company Accenture and appliance maker Royal Philips Electronics, say the court's requirements on inventors are too strict.
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