Supreme Court hears eBay’s patent appeal

ZD Net:

In a dispute that’s part of a broader debate over the future of the patent system, some U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested Wednesday that the patent at the heart of a suit against eBay may be too vague and trivial to even be taken seriously.

During oral arguments that lasted about an hour, Justice Stephen Breyer suggested that if eBay’s “Buy it Now” feature could be patented, “then maybe A&P could patent its process for a supermarket.”


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