WASHINGTON, March 31 U.S. Supreme Court justices
gave little indication on Monday they would set new guidelines
on patent eligibility of software.
From their questions during an hour-long oral argument, the
court appeared likely to rule for CLS Bank International by
saying Alice Corp Pty Ltd patents for a computer system that
facilitates financial transactions were not patent eligible.
Although some of the nine justices signaled a willingness to
set a test that would describe exactly what types of
computer-implemented inventions were patent eligible, others
suggested there was no need for a broader ruling. A decision is
expected by the end of June.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller)