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Quote of the week: Ellen P. Apill “The consequences of the [Bilski] decision will depend on how PTO examiners understand and apply the test to the patent applications they review.”
Fish & Richardson on Bilski: Business method inventions “might be or might not be patentable.” [Link]
Bilski Process: In Bilski, the Federal Circuit took sua sponte action to hear the case en banc even before a three-member panel considered the issues. This process seems to have worked well here.
Google Patents: I have been having an e-mail conversation with a patent librarian. Our conclusion is that Google Patents is useful for quick searching, but folks should be aware that it is not totally accurate and is missing some patents and publications.