Joseph F. Turcotte, PhD

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New @IPilogue post: ‘Alice Corp., Software Patents, and Lighting the Rabbit Hole of Abstract Ideas’

“It’s often hard to recognize the evolving nature of legal regimes amidst the fast-paced and so-called revolutionary social and technological changes facilitated by digital and networked technologies. Laws, norms, and conventions developed over centuries are being problematized and rethought as new social, technological, and economic realities emerge. Computer software, a technology that’s mainstream adoption is but some three decades old, is arguably challenging the contours of patent regimes, which the innovation and economies of many states are built upon. The Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) recent decision in the case of Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al has moved the United States’ legal system one step closer to accounting for new, digitally-based business practices.”

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