The US Supreme Court recently handed down its decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. This decision relates to the patent-eligibility of computer-implemented inventions.
The decision makes it clear that computer-implemented inventions can be patentable, but builds on other recent decisions of the Supreme Court to arrive at a test to determine when that is the case.
Although it will take time to see how this test is put into practice by the lower U.S. Courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it seems that aspects of that test are analogous to aspects of the test already applied by the European Patent Office. We have prepared a briefing on this subject, which is available here.
Please feel free to contact us with any specific enquiries on the topic of computer-implemented inventions.