It has become difficult to understand why the Federal Circuit does what it does in any number of rulings, but its decisions relating to patent eligibility have set patent law back several generations, turned precedent on its head, ignored the Patent Act passed by Congress, and unnecessarily and inexplicably expanded upon bad Supreme Court precedent. Somewhere along the way, the Federal Circuit lost its footing in a spectacularly demoralizing fashion. Patents must be stopped at all costs—or so they seem to believe—and 35 U.S.C. 101 is the tool du jour.

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