U.S. top court rules against Alice Corp over software patents

WASHINGTON, June 19 Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:22am EDT

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WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that implementing an abstract idea using a computer does not make an invention patent eligible.

On a 9-0 vote, the court ruled for CLS Bank International, which challenged patents held by Australia-based Alice Corporation Pty Ltd. The court added some clarity to a confused area of the law concerning when software can be patented. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller)