This is huge, I hope they don’t fuck it up. The right decision could unleash a whole new world of innovation, the wrong one can tie up innovation even further in constant useless court battles. I would love to see all of these software patents go straight into the bin where they belong.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether people can patent software. The court agreed to hear the case Alice Corporation Pty. v. CLS Bank International to look into the issue of “whether claims to computer-implemented inventions – including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of manufacture – are directed to patent-eligible subject matter.” This is a big deal, because it will determine what types of software are patentable.