The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday opened the door for innovative patents for casinos and Internet gambling websites by easing restrictions for acquiring business method patents.The court ruled in Bilski versus Kappos that the test for business method patents is too rigid. Under that test, applicants for gambling software patents must demonstrate the software’s connection to a slot machine’s hardware, computer or other physical object.
Although it did not specify other conditions which might qualify for business method patents, the court’s ruling clearly gives more leeway to patent applicants.
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