Business Process

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Business Process

The series of activities undertaken to create a product or deliver a service. Companies often lay down specific rules for business process to ensure activities are completed in an organized and efficient manner. Business process may involve division of labor between multiple persons and/or technologies. For example, in a publishing company, one person may write material, a second may edit it, a third may add graphics, and a fourth may print it. Business process is also called business function.
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These days, the term "risk" amounts to patent profanity, sounding the death knell of a software or business method patent.
rise" or "proliferation" of business method patents
was not a complete victory for business method patents.
Patents may validly claim a business method so long as they specifically describe a new, useful and non-obvious process for achieving a result, but many courts have invalidated such patents for vagueness and over-breadth, and for claiming unpatentable ideas rather than specific processes.
Moreover, eight of the justices expressed significant concerns about business method patents.
Business method patents have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years.
For instance, while it will depend on the specific details of the writer's business method, it may be that he could obtain a patent in the USA, but not in Europe.
In 2008, a federal court in the case of In re Bilski changed the requirements for obtaining a business method patent.
means that the issue of business method patents, including tax strategy patents, is now more confused than ever, as the current Bilski decision no longer carries much weight, and it is unclear what the Supreme Court is going to decide.
Content covers topics such as: the dangers of means-plus-function clauses in claims; claim drafting; targeting direct infringers; strategies for continued prosecution of patents; statutory subject matter problems affecting software, business method and biotechnology patents; and, patent design protection.
The Federal Circuit has significantly altered the landscape of business method patents by holding that to be patentable a business process must meet the "machine or transformation" test (In re Bilski, No.
I AM writing to clarify my letter (October 18) about business method inventions.