Software developers can’t get a patent simply for taking an abstract idea and implementing it on a computer, the U.S. Supreme Court said, ruling for the first time in decades on protection for software innovation.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield said during a panel discussion in Washington that Congress must keep its pledge to let U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, or PTO, have control over all the fees it collects to promote innovation and spur job creation. The Oct. 5 event, sponsored by Harvard University and the Business Roundtable and hosted by Bloomberg News, centered on ways to spur innovation.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy reintroduced a proposal for changing U.S. patent laws to include constraints on infringement damage awards and rules intended to speed the application process for inventors.
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to consider software patents for the first time in decades, weighing a case that has divided the computer industry and may affect almost half the country’s patent suits.
The U.S. Senate approved a measure today that would let the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office set its own fees and keep all the money it collects, part of an effort to speed up protection for innovations.