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Supreme Court Takes On Software Patents Today

The U.S. Supreme Court will on Monday delve into the hotly contested question of when software is eligible for patent protection. The nine justices will hear a one-hour oral argument in a case of interest not just to software companies …

Questionable Software Patents Main Reason for Rise in Lawsuits: GAO

Software patents are the biggest reason behind a rise in litigation over inventions, especially against companies that use the technology, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found. Its study, required under a law passed in 2011 that overhauled the U.S. patent …

Jury Awards Montana Company $28.4M in Software Lawsuit

A federal court jury has awarded a Missoula company $28.4 million in a lawsuit against a national bus company over the licensing of software that helps school districts more efficiently plan and run bus routes. Education Logistics Inc. sued Laidlaw …

Judge Who Nixed Apple-Motorola Trial Questions Need for Software Patents

The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple Inc.’s smartphone technology battle is questioning whether patents should cover software or most other industries at all. Richard Posner, a prolific jurist who sits on the …