Finally, the uproar about software-patents has penetrated to the inner sanctum of the US Supreme Court.
They can no longer fiddle while Rome burns. Being able to repatent the entirety of human history by putting some idea into software will soon become refuse in the trash-bin of IT. M$’s last grip on Free Software will be gone. Markets for IT will finally be free to run on price/performance rather than the size of legal budgets. Apple and M$ will both be cut down to size and become normal businesses instead of gangs of thugs terrorizing the planet.
“In the Federal Circuit’s decision, five judges saw Supreme Court precedent as guiding them toward a path that would narrow what kind of software and financial services are allowed to be patented. They saw Alice Corp.’s patent on a method of using "shadow accounts" in foreign currency exchange as being the kind of "but do it on a computer" patent that should be thrown out under Supreme Court guidance. "Abstract methods do not become patent-eligible by being clothed in computer language," wrote Judge Alan Lourie.”