Federal Circuit Bars Patent for Business 'Paradigm'

Attorney Scott Harris, who was pushed out of Fish & Richardson over a patent matter, said he might appeal to the Supreme Court

, The Recorder


In 1999, patent attorney Scott Harris and two buddies attempted to break new ground by applying to patent a "paradigm" for marketing software to customers. On Friday, the Federal Circuit, relying on its recent Bilski decision, rejected their patent claim. Harris said he was disappointed but not surprised, saying the Federal Circuit is lately "trying to restrict the scope of patents, and this is just one more in a series." Harris added that he may appeal to the Supreme Court.

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