Anthony Kennedy (US Supreme Court Justice) on software patents
Anthony Kennedy, or Justice Kennedy, is a judge on the US Supreme Court.
The Bilski hearing
it’s difficult for me to think that Congress would want to — would have wanted to give only one person the capacity to issue insurance
I wonder if he thinks the same about giving only one person the capacity to write video playing software.
Discussing Diehr, Kennedy says:
[...]you don’t know much from that language. But that was something that you could touch, that you could see, that looked like a machine, the substance was different before the process and after the process.
Kennedy agreed with this statement from Justice Stevens:
Stevens: I don’t understand why that isn’t just the application of a process, which – which is not itself patentable subject matter, to a particular machine that can use process