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The Death of Business-Method Patents

Pointer to the IEEE Spectrum article by Steven J. Frank

“business method” patent dies at the hand of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

As an example of what has been allowed viz business method patents have a look at U.S. Patent No. 5,443,036, "Method of Exercising a Cat," as but one example of a patent that "violates the criterion of obviousness" and "fails the novelty test." (excerpt from www.patentdocs.org)

See Spectrum.ieee.org