John Clizer


This Note first sets forth the facts and the ultimate holding of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice. It then details the historical background surrounding the ineligibility of abstract ideas for patent protection that has arisen from the Supreme Court and lower federal courts’ past decisions. Next, it examines in more in detail the Court’s reasoning as applied in this particular case. Finally, this Note discusses several of the questions raised by the Court’s decision: what exactly constitutes an “abstract idea,” what is the full meaning of the Court's "inventive concept" requirement, and how are we to interpret this decision in light of Court's decision in Myriad?

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