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U.S. Supreme Court Delves Into What Is and Isn't Patentable

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Science  12 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5933, pp. 1374
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1374

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For more than a decade, two entrepreneurs have been battling without success to win a U.S. patent on their method of doing commodity deals. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear their plea, signaling that it may pounce on the case to clarify rules about what is, or is not, patentable. Patent attorneys say a decision could affect not just business methods but some biotech claims and process inventions.