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The US Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Bilski v. Kappos case, saying that certain business method patents are invalid. However, the court rejected the finding that such patents must be tied to a machine or undergo a "transformation" in order to be patentable. This upholds the patent eligibility of innovations such as software, data-driven processes, and medical diagnostics.

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