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War Is Coming....

The Bilski decision, which was supposed to destroy most software patents, hasn't done so.  Software makers are simply claiming their software has to be tied to the hardware, and the patent is valid again.  So, even though the net effect of the Bilski decision is zero, the lawyers sought to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Once again...the Bilski patent covers a method of taking weather into account for futures purchases.  This is what they patented and are shaking people down for.

Well, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal.  In October, the hearings will begin.

I'm scared.  Usually, the Supes don't agree to hear a case they expect to let the ruling stand on, so based on that, it's possible they'll overturn the appeals court decision and make business methods and software patents legal again.  Then again, based on the questions the appeals court asked, maybe they won't.  All bets are off here.

So, one way or another, we're going to get the highest court in the land, from which there is nowhere else to go, determining what happens next.  Both sides are filing their briefs.  Those on Bilski's side are basically arguing the decision threatens their business model.  The FSF, EFF, Red Hat, and others are filing briefs for the other side, aware of what is at stake.

Pray to your personal god that the Justices live up to their names.

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