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Ten years after: What are the effects of business method patents in financial services?

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In recent years, the courts have determined that business methods can be patented, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted some 12,000 patents of this sort. Has the availability of patents for business methods increased the rate of innovation in the U.S. financial sector? The available evidence suggests that there has been no significant change in the aggregate trend of R&D investments made by financial firms. In "Ten Years After: What Are the Effects of Business Method Patents in Financial Services?," Bob Hunt discusses how recent court decisions and proposed federal legislation may change how firms enforce their patents. In addition, he outlines some of the remaining challenges that business method patents pose for financial companies.

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  • Robert M. Hunt, 2008. "Ten years after: What are the effects of business method patents in financial services?," Business Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Q3, pages 21-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpbr:y:2008:i:q3:p:21-34
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