Bilski and the Information Age a Decade Later

32 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2022

Date Written: January 16, 2022


In the years from State Street in 1999 to Alice in 2014, legal scholars vigorously debated whether patents should be used to incentivize the invention of business methods. That attention has waned just as economists have produced important new research on the topic, and just as artificial intelligence and cloud computing are changing the nature of business method innovation. This chapter rejoins the debate and concludes that the case for patent protection of business methods is weaker now than it was a decade ago.

Keywords: patent, business method, troll

JEL Classification: K41, M00, O31, O34

Suggested Citation

Meurer, Michael J., Bilski and the Information Age a Decade Later (January 16, 2022). Boston Univ. School of Law Research Paper , Available at SSRN: or

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