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Why a 40-Year-Old SCOT­S Ruling Against Software Patents Still Matters Today

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Supreme Court patent pendulum

Under the Federal Circuit appeals court, patent law swung from software patent skepticism in the 1970s to extreme permissiveness in the 1990s, then started to swing back toward skepticism with stricter Supreme Court oversight.

Credit: Federal Circuit Historical Society / Aurich Lawson

Forty years ago this week, in the case of Parker v. Flook, the US Supreme Court came close to banning software patents.

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