May/June 2015

The History and Future of E-Commerce Patents

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The History and Future of E-Commerce Patents

The tide has definitely turned against e-commerce patents. In a series of important cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has shifted the doctrine of patent eligibility in ways that will make it much more difficult to obtain or enforce e-commerce and software patents. After walking through the lead-up to our current state of affairs, we consider a set of four historic e-commerce patents and whether the patents would be eligible under the new rules.




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