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SCOTUSblog: Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International
Issue: The question before the Court is whether claims to computer-implemented inventions – including claims to systems and machines, processes, and items of manufacture – are directed to patent-eligible subject matter within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 101 as interpreted by this Court.
Holding: In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that because the claims are drawn to a patent-ineligible abstract idea, they are not eligible for a patent under Section 101.