Business method patents
A business method patent is a patent on a way of does business, commerce.
Business method patents are intimately linked to software patents because they can usually be turned into software patents by adding a computer. A standard way to do this is to claim "computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions" which carry out the business method.
- 1-click shopping
- E-Data has a patent that convince Apple to pay to sell music online
- The Baboon Inc. v. Dell, cv-09-1198 (USDC CD Cal.) case (ongoing as of Nov 9th 2009)
Patent applications which were rejected or have not yet received a final decision:
Related pages on ESP Wiki
- Litigation and specific patents
- Example software patents
- Real business method patents, Patently-o, 17 Oct, 2005 - part 2
- Patent Board Eliminates "Technological Arts" Requirement For Business Method Patents, Patently-o, 17 Oct, 2005
- Examples of granted European business method patents, 2004, by Arnoud Engelfriet
- E-Commerce Battles 'Me'-Commerce - "If you're selling online [in the US], at the most recent count there are 4,319 patents you could be violating"
- The Post-Bilski landscape: Why some tried, but failed, to ban "business method" patents, 15 July, 2010
- Wikipedia: Business method patent
- What's so bad about "business method" patents? Small PR firms "goosed" by a patent on press releases, 21 July, 2010