Patent Law and Financial Engineering

Posted: 27 Mar 2001 Last revised: 18 Feb 2019

Date Written: 2000


Developers and users of financial products can no longer ignore the implications of patent law for financial engineering. Patent owners now claim exclusive rights in methods and systems of a type once thought to be freely available to all users. This article describes several recent "financial patents" and explains the application of patent law to financial tools and techniques.

JEL Classification: G13, G28, K30

Suggested Citation

Heaton, J.B., Patent Law and Financial Engineering (2000). Derivatives Quarterly, Winter 2000. Available at SSRN:

J.B. Heaton (Contact Author)

J.B. Heaton, P.C. ( email )

20 West Kinzie
17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
United States
(312) 487-2600 (Phone)


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