This is all irrelevant. I am a patent lawyer and could drop lots of case names and arcane doctrines to try to cow the average reader with my "authority." But I don't think you need to be an "expert" to have an opinion here. In fact I would trust any sane average person any day over a patent lawyer or politician in any of these areas.
Good luck finding a sane person, average or otherwise. I'm not willing to play Diogenes. Me? I don't pretend to be sane, but I'm not a lawyer, patent or otherwise, just a post-professional software engineer who likes to read.
My view: The Supremes made a mistake in State Street Bank. They clearly had no idea what can of worms was being opened, but the result is that the patent system has broken under the strain.
I think that there's still a use for patent, but using it for business methods and algorithms had turned out to be a nightmare. I could have had a number of patents, but I was an employee, and frankly an obstinate one who recognized that algorithm patent was going to cause way more problems than it solved.
Frankly, I have no idea what problem algorithm and business method solved, other than providing limitless income for NPE's.
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