‘‘Pure’’ business methods are out. Algorithms are out. Machines and data transformations are in. What does this all mean? While the patent community waits for the Supreme Court’s decision in Bilski v. Kappos, No. 08-964 (U.S. argued Nov. 9, 2009) (79 PTCJ 33, 11/13/09), patent applicants seeking to write patentable claims are stuck with trying to conform to the lower courts’ most recent rulings on software-based and other business method patent applications.

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