News: Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Software Patents
Posted: September 5, 2006 06:21AM
- " The opponents of proliferating software patents who see them as a threat to open source software may finally get their day in court--the U.S. Supreme Court. The critics have been itching for this opportunity for years. But the Supreme Court rarely reviews patent cases, which usually are decided by federal appeals courts. The top court, however, has agreed to hear three patent cases this fall, though only one relates to the impact of patents on open source software. The case involves two brake pedal manufacturers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a legal advocacy group, has filed a friend of the court brief in the case of KSR International v. Teleflex. The two parties will be arguing whether Teleflex has patented the right to put electronic sensors on brakes. "