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The MSBA's Computer and Technology Law Section Presents:


"Patentability of computer software and e-commerce; An examination of the law after Bilski v. Kappos and Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc."

The June 2010 decision in Bilski v. Kappos was the Supreme Court's first discussion since 1981 on whether computer software is patentable. The Bilski decision carefully explained how the previous tests to determine patentable subject matter eligibility were invalid or incomplete, but it provided only an ambiguous "abstract idea" test for courts to use going forward. We will discuss how the Patent Office has implemented this test, what lessons can be gleamed from the subsequent contradictory decisions of the Federal Circuit, and how the chance of patent protection for computer software can depend on how a patent application is crafted. We will also discuss the Supreme Court's March 20, 2012 decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. and the decision's impact on computer software and e-commerce.


The seminar will be presented by the Patent Committee of the Computer and Technology Law Section of the MSBA. The Committee includes:

  • Dan Tysver, Beck Tysver PLLC
  • Chris Evans, Beck Tysver PLLC
  • Kate Andresen, Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC
  • Charles Johnson 

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for
Event Code: 166278


Date:   Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time:   11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Computer & Technology Law Section Council will meet at 11:30 a.m., follow by lunch and CLE at Noon.


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (but not members of the Computer & Technology Law Section):  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $20.00
Law Students:  Free

Participation by web and audio is available.  Pease request instructions when you register or contact Tram Nguyen before April 9th. Instructions on how to access the webcast/teleconference will be emailed on April 9th.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336