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Supreme Court’s CLS Bank Decision Is a Victory for Innovation, Says BSA

WASHINGTON, DC — June 19, 2014 —

BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed the US Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank.

“This decision is a victory for innovation,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “The opinion makes clear that real software inventions are patentable under US law and that merely connecting an abstract idea to a computer doesn’t make it patentable.”

“The Court came to the right conclusion in ruling that the patents at issue in this case are invalid,” Espinel said. “This opinion provides helpful guidance to software developers, courts and patent examiners. It will help everyone distinguish abstract ideas that are not patentable from real software inventions that are.”

“In the broader patent debate, there are two main issues — the need to improve quality and the need to correct cost imbalances in the legal system that encourage abusive litigation. Getting all of this right will ensure we have the incentives necessary for innovation to continue flourishing in software and everything it touches.”

Click here to download BSA’s amicus brief in the CLS case.

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