Princeton University Library Catalog
- Wettermann, Alexander [Browse]
- Senior thesis
- Matwyshyn, Andrea [Browse]
- Prucnal, Paul [Browse]
- Princeton University. Department of Electrical Engineering [Browse]
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- 45 pages
- Summary note:
- The Alice v. CLS Bank Supreme Court case redefined the nature of software
patentability by administering new terms of subject matter eligibility for products and
processes. In an effort to address the issues surrounding software patents, the Supreme
Court unintentionally placed overarching limitations on the patentability of abstract ideas.
This paper seeks to illustrate how Alice changed the realm of software patents in its effort
to solve problems posed by pre-Alice case law and patents alike. However, in this pursuit
Alice ultimately ended up creating more questions than it answered. Thus, post-Alice
case law will be examined to shed light on the shortcomings of Alice that have been
acknowledged, and to emphasize the disparities of Alice that have been left up to
interpretation. In an effort to formally address complications that have arisen as a result
of Alice, patents issued before the Alice decision will be evaluated in light of an extension
to the new subject matter eligibility test – which was created and defined in this paper.
By assessing the eligibility of software patents issued in the pre-Alice domain, this paper
hopes to outline where the Supreme Court went wrong in restricting software
patentability as whole.