PUBPAT ASKS SUPREME COURT TO MAINTAIN LIMITS ON PATENTABLE SUBJECT MATTER
NEW YORK -- December 23, 2005 -- The Public Patent Foundation ("PUBPAT") asked the United States Supreme Court today to maintain its century old limits on patentable subject matter. PUBPAT filed an amicus brief in a case currently pending before the Court, Laboratory Corporation v. Metabolite Labs, that involves the extent to which patents may cover abstract ideas, laws of nature and natural phenomenon. Supreme Court precedent states such fundamental truths and abstract thoughts are not patent eligible, but lower courts have ignored that precedent and held that "anything" can be patented.
"In this case, the Supreme Court will decide whether it should abandon the sound limits on patentable subject matter it established well before the Civil War that protect abstract thoughts and fundamental truths from being captured by patents," said PUBPAT Executive Director, Dan Ravicher. "Maintaining the limits on patentable subject matter is crucial to preserving the public's interests because without those limits everything we do, think or say could soon become controlled by patents."
A copy of PUBPAT's brief can be found at PUBPAT in the Courts.