Bilski v. Kappos – Patentability Tests

The long awaited Bilski decision was released today, and while I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, I have skimmed the blogosphere enough to know what it said.  Basically, the Federal Circuit went a little too far, and the Supreme Court is reining it in, saying that while the “Machine or Transformation” test is one way of deciding whether a process is eligible for a patent, it is not the only way.  Essentially, the court restated old law that states an abstract idea is not patentable.  Certainly nothing new.  More analysis, for the laymen, later – once I’m able to read the case.