Narrow Ruling in Bilski Case Maintains Patentability of Diagnostics, other Biotech Inventions | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Supreme Court today upheld the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals' determination in Bilski v. Kappos that certain business method patents are invalid, but rejected the lower court's determination that such patents must be tied to a machine or undergo a "transformation" in order to be patentable.

The decision ultimately upholds the patent eligibility of certain innovations not tied to a physical instrument, such as software, data-driven processes, and medical diagnostics.

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