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Tony Kondaks
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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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