by Mike Masnick
Wed, Mar 4th 2009 10:55pm
Right after the Bilski ruling that greatly limited software and business method patents, lawyers who were in favor of such patents held a conference call, where they basically said the ruling wouldn't change anything. They claimed that the only patent that would be impacted would be Bilski's, and that everything else would be just like normal. It seems they forgot to tell the Patent Office, which has continued to reject patents based on this new ruling that, in all likelihood, would have made it through prior to the ruling. That's not to say that all of the problems associated with such patents are now done with -- but it does seem like the lawyers on that conference call were doing a bit more wishful thinking than honest assessment of the situation.
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