What is patentable?

The United States Supreme Court and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger wrote that U.S. Congress had intended patentable subject matter to "include anything under the sun that is made by man," (in re Diamond v. Chakrabarty). Seems pretty clear the intended patent laws to be fairly broad with respect to subject matter.

Here are some very interesting examples:

 

 

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While it has long been the case that algorithms per se are not patentable, computer software is not under the same restriction.  Computer software and in particular computer software related to business methods have been under some serious judicial review of late.  The final result from the United States Supreme Court: computer software is largely patentable in re Bilski.  Further, European national courts seem to be taking the same position more each day as might be illustrated by the high German court ruling which upheld a major Microsoft patent recently. Patent Agent Software Patents - Bilski
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