The past two decades have seen a great rise in the patenting of e-commerce inventions. Now, those same patents are taking an equally great fall. In a series of four recent cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has shifted the doctrine of patent eligibility and, in the process, raised the bar for e-commerce and software patents - making it more difficult to obtain and enforce those types of patents.
Dennis D. Crouch and Mitchell L. Terry,
The History and Future of E-Commerce Patents, 7 Landslide 13
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