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Tony Kondaks
Business methods patentable?
« on: Nov 24th, 2006, 11:51pm »
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I thought that as a result of something called the State Street Bank case of 1998 that Business Methods are now patentable.
Yet at the American Bar Association site linked to by this website it says that "Things that cannot be patented include: methods of doing business".
What gives?  Can or can't business methods be patented?
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Re: Business methods patentable?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 25th, 2006, 10:11am »
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I don’t know how you define “business methods,” but some of these US patents granted last month may fit your definition.
Method, system, and program for maintaining data in a distributed computing environment for processing transaction requests
Debit purchasing of stored value card for use by and/or delivery to others
Method and apparatus for conducting coinless transactions
Methods and systems of assisting users in purchasing items
Method of playing a game of chance including purchase of additional game play information and system for facilitating the play thereof
Self service transaction terminal
Transparent transaction card
Memory controller providing multiple power modes for accessing memory devices by reordering memory transactions
Secure transaction processing system and method
Data processing system for complex pricing and transactional analysis
Transaction tracking, managing, assessment, and auditing data processing system and network
Methods for determining customer motivations in purchasing decisions
Voice signature transaction system and method
Method and apparatus for processing escrow transactions
Micropayment financial transaction process utilizing wireless network processing
Point of sale display for doorbell
Compact or convenient transaction cards
Point of sale payment terminal
Information transaction system
Use of transaction agents to perform distributed transactions
Enterprise application transactions as shared active documents
Systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection
Method and apparatus for pipelining ordered input/output transactions to coherent memory in a distributed memory, cache coherent, multi-processor system
Split transaction reordering circuit
Use of bus transaction identification codes
Method and apparatus for message flow and transaction queue management
Pre-installed appliance and method for purchasing the same
Transaction terminal having elongated finger recess
Point-of-sale body powder dispensing system
Systems and methods for secure transaction management and electronic rights protection
Memory transaction ordering
USB interface extension through split transaction protocol
Method and system for processing multi-media transactions in a communication center
Method for limiting conveyance information of user profile within mobile Internet transactions
Transaction configuration system and method for transaction-based automated testing
Transaction accelerator for client-server communication systems
System for secure transactions
Method, apparatus and processed for real time interactive online ordering and reordering and over the counter purchasing with rebate, saving, and investing processes
Point-of-sale marketing material presence and viewability verification system and method
Systems and methods for providing a RF transaction device for use in a private label transaction
Portable transaction terminal having an image recognition system
Plug-in API for modular network transaction processing
Public key based authentication method for transaction delegation in service-based computing environments
System and method using information-based indicia for securing and authenticating transactions
Systems and methods for maintaining transactional persistence
Method for disaggregating customer data in online transactions to preserve privacy
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Re: Business methods patentable?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 1st, 2006, 12:09pm »
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Just to add my own 2 cents, patent law does not recognize "business method" as a meaningful category.  Thus, declaring something to be a "business method" does not indicate in any way the patentability of the thing.  So, are "business methods" patentable?  Novel, non-obvious, useful ones are.  Non-novel, obvious, and/or useless ones are not.
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