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Should Business Methods be Patentable? Understanding the Impact on Society of Business Method Patents

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dc.contributor.advisor Stough, Roger R.
dc.contributor.author Apple, Kirsten Sachwitz
dc.creator Apple, Kirsten Sachwitz en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-18T01:56:32Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-18T01:56:32Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8898
dc.description.abstract Patents have been an accepted method of encouraging research and development. In the recent past "the scope of technologies that can be patented has been increased to include, among other things, gene sequences, computer programs and methods of doing business (Hunt and Bessen 2004)." Business Methods patents have witnessed very rapid growth since the 1998 State Street case (149 F.3d 1368, 1998) outcome which held that there is no patentable subject matter exception for method of doing business (Allison and Hunter 2006). In other words, business methods are now considered patentable subject matter. This paper examines, whether or not there has been a positive impact in innovation, in particular from the Banking industry, which prior to the State Street Bank case was more restricted from obtaining patents for internal banking process innovations.
dc.format.extent 119 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Kirsten Sachwitz Apple en_US
dc.subject Entrepreneurship en_US
dc.subject Patent law en_US
dc.subject Finance en_US
dc.subject Banking en_US
dc.subject Business Method Patents en_US
dc.subject Entrepreneurship en_US
dc.subject Financial Service en_US
dc.subject Incentive Theory en_US
dc.subject State Street en_US
dc.title Should Business Methods be Patentable? Understanding the Impact on Society of Business Method Patents en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Public Policy en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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