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International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Files Amicus Curiae Brief in re Bilski
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Nixon Peabody LLP Represents AIPPI
Washington, DC – The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) has filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in the In Re Bilski case. The AIPPI brief was prepared by Nixon Peabody’s legal team which is led by intellectual property partner Mark Halligan.
AIPPI’s mission is to study the way patent systems around the world protect intellectual property and make recommendations for improvement. Part of this process includes studying how these patent systems address the threshold issue of what constitutes patent-eligible subject matter.
The In Re Bilski case involves the so-called "machine-or-transformation" test. At issue is whether a "process" must be tied to a particular machine or apparatus, or transform a particular condition into a different state to be patent-eligible subject matter.
AIPPI is an international organization founded in Switzerland in 1897. AIPPI is dedicated to the development, improvement, and legal protection of intellectual property. The more than 8,000 members of the association include intellectual property lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and patent agents in corporate and private practice throughout the world.
In June 2009, The Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari, seeking to overturn the Federal Circuit decision in the In Re Bilski case. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court will likely take place in late 2009 or early 2010.
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