Software Inventors Rejoice!
A recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provides another ray of hope for the patentability of software inventions. Arrangements of conventional software elements, if non-conventionally arranged in a new, inventive concept, can be patented. In this important decision, the appellate court recognized that, even if the individual limitations of a software invention are routine and conventional, nevertheless, a non-conventional and non-generic arrangement of conventional elements is patentable if it transforms the nature of the claim from merely an abstract idea to an "inventive concept" of a "specific, discrete implementation of an abstract idea" that
is a "technical improvement" over prior art arrangements of routine and conventional limitations. Bascom Global Internet Servs., Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, No. 2015-1763, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 11687, at *1 (Fed. Cir. Jun. 27, 2016). This opens the door to many software inventions that would have been difficult to get through the patent office before this decision.
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