ERIC Number: ED070474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
The Opinion of Mr. Justice Douglas in the Case of Robert Gottschalk, Acting Commissioner of Patents, vs. Gary R. Benson and Arthur C. Tabbot, Delivered in the Supreme Court of the United States on November 20, 1972.
Supreme Court of the U. S., Washington, DC.
Respondents filed in the Patent Office an application for an invention which was described as being related to the processing of data by program and more particularly to the programmed conversion of numerical information in general purpose digital computers. The patent sought is on a method of programming a general purpose digital computer to convert signals from binary coded decimal form into pure binary form. The claims were not limited to any particular art or technology, apparatus or machinery, or end use. They purported to cover any use of the claimed method in a general purpose digital computer. The question is whether the method described and claimed is a process within the meaning of the Patent Act. The Court recognized that if such programs are to be patentable, considerable problems are raised which only committees of Congress can manage with their broad powers of investigation. (Author/SJ)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Supreme Court of the U. S., Washington, DC.
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