Kemnetz: Bilski v. Doll Petitioner's Reply Brief Notes
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- machine-or-transform requirement is new and changes the law of what can be patented under 101
- "Restricting process or “method” patents to manufacturing methods that satisfy the “machine-or-transformation” test has effectively eliminated patent protection for business methods, contradicting the patent statute's recognition that business methods can be patented."
- Argument against patent petitioners:
- this case - despite meriting en banc review below - is “unremarkable”;
- the recognition of “business method” patents in the Patent Act is not relevant to the questions presented;
- this case provides no opportunity for this Court to address problems arising in technologies outside of Petitioners' risk-hedging method;
- the “machine-or-transformation” test is drawn directly from this Court's precedent;
- no well-founded expectations were disrupted by the decision below.
- this machine-or-transform test seriously hurts further inventing and patenting, and this is the right case to consider changing these rules about what methods/processes are patentable. should not wait for some case in the future to do so.
- there is a LOT of outside "amicus" support for the petitioner's case
- the machine-or-transform test means bad news for any business method patent holders
- many of the amicus are technology, computer software, electrical companies (accenture, google, Phillips electronics)