Facebook Part Of Amicus Brief Against Patents For Abstract Ideas

By David Cohen 

Facebook and seven other companies filed an amicus brief with the U.S. State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Friday, contending that patents should not be awarded simply for combining abstract ideas with phrases such as “on a computer” or “over the Internet.”

CNET reported that the 37-page brief was aimed at the patents in a lawsuit in which CLS Bank sued Alice Corp. for infringing on four patents related to a computerized method of having a third party hold funds in escrow on behalf of two other contracting parties.

According to CNET, the brief was also signed by:

CNET reported that the brief referred to abstract patents as a “plague in the high-tech sector,” and it concluded:

It is easy to think of abstract ideas about what a computer or website should do, but the difficult, valuable, and often groundbreaking part of online innovation comes next: designing, analyzing, building, and deploying the interface, software, and hardware to implement that idea in a way that is useful in daily life. Simply put, ideas are much easier to come by than working implementations.

Readers: Do you agree with the logic in the brief filed by Facebook and the other seven companies?

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