The Bilski Oral Argument

Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Douglas Lichtman

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: November 29, 2009


The Bilski case has understandably generated an enormous wealth of commentary, including eighty-plus amicus briefs, dozens of thoughtful articles, and hundreds of blog posts, CLE seminars, and the like. Here at IP Colloquium, we therefore thought that the best way for us to add value would be to do something admittedly unconventional. Specifically, the Supreme Court has released a transcript of the Bilski oral argument but has not yet released actual audio of the event. Our thought was that one of the best ways to learn about the case would be to listen to the arguments the parties actually made and to hear the questions that Chief Justice Roberts and his colleagues actually posed. So, in this podcast we stage a reading of the transcript, with a dozen UCLA law students lending their voices for each relevant attorney or Justice. UCLA law professor Doug Lichtman hosts. (Podcast available for free in the archives at

Keywords: patent, intellectual property, patentable subject matter, bilski, business method patent, oral argument

JEL Classification: K00, K11, O34

Suggested Citation

Lichtman, Douglas Gary, The Bilski Oral Argument (November 29, 2009). Available at SSRN:

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