Unless the Supreme Court agrees to hold the Bilski
patent case over until the next term and have the case re-argued (an almost inconceivable possibility since Justice Stevens is retiring at the end of this term), the Bilski
patent case will be handed down on Monday
, June 28th.
Even the most ardent defenders of the current patent regime expect the Court to strike down "business method" patents. The big question will be if the Court goes even farther and delivers a broader decision affecting software patents and other controversial forms of patent monopolies.
The Bilski decision has been published and the decision was that Bilski is rejected. The Court's reasoning is that Bilski's claims were abstract and ideas, like algorithms, are not patentable. Business methods may still be patented and nothing at all about software.