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EFF Ultramercial Amicus Brief

EFF Ultramercial Amicus Brief

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No. 11-962I
N
 
THE
Supreme Court of the United States
O
N
P
ETITION
 
FOR
 
A
W
RIT
 
OF
C
ERTIORARI
 
TO
 
THE
U
NITED
 S
TATES
C
OURT
 
OF
A
PPEALS
 
FOR
 
THE
F
EDERAL
C
IRCUIT
 WILDTANGENT, INC.,
 Petitioner,v.
ULTRAMERCIAL, LLC,
et al.
,
 Respondents.
BRIEF OF ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION,THE COMPUTER & COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRYASSOCIATION AND RED HAT, INC. AS
 AMICI CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER
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C
ORYNNE
M
C
S
HERRY 
Counsel of Record
J
ULIE
P. S
 AMUELS
E
LECTRONIC
F
RONTIER
 F
OUNDATION
454 Shotwell StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110(415) 436-9333corynne@eff.org
Counsel for Amici Curiae
M
 ATT
S
CHRUERS
C
OMPUTER
& C
OMMUNICATIONS
 I
NDUSTRY 
SSOCIATION
900 17th Street, NW, Suite 1100 Washington, D.C. 20006(202) 783-0070 x109R
OBERT
T
ILLER
R
ED
H
 AT
, I
NC
.1801 Varsity DriveRaleigh, N.C. 27606(919) 754-4232
Of Counsel
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Page
TABLE OF CONTENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iTABLE OF CITED AUTHORITIES . . . . . . . . . . . iiINTEREST OF
 AMICUS CURIAE
. . . . . . . . . . . . 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 A.
 
Litigation Surrounding Abstract SoftwarePatents Disproportionately Harms Freeand Open Source Software, an ImportantDriver of Innovation.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4B.
 
Current Law Governing § 101 Abstractness Threatens Innovationby Failing to Provide Clear Guidanceand Creating False Boundaries.. . . . . . . . . . 6C.
 
The Impermissibly Abstract Natureof the ‘545 Patent Causes SignificantHarm to the Notice Function.. . . . . . . . . . . . 12CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
 
ii
TABLE OF CITED AUTHORITIES
 Page
Cases
 Amgen, Inc. v. Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc.,
469 F.3d 1039 (Fed. Cir. 2006). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
 Bilski v. Kappos
,
 
130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 passimClassen Immunotherapies, Inc. v. Biogen IDEC 
,659 F.3d 1057 (Fed. Cir. 2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2, 10, 13
Cybersource Corp. v. Retail Decisions Inc.
,654 F.3d 1366 (Fed. Cir. 2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 10
 Dealertrack, Inc. v. Huber 
,Case No. 2009-1566 -1588, 2012 WL 164439(Fed. Cir. Jan. 20, 2012) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2, 10, 11
 Diamond v. Chakrabarty,
447 U.S. 303 (1980) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
 Diamond v. Diehr,
450 U.S. 175 (1981). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 13
 Duncan v. Walker 
,533 U.S. 167 (2001) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C.
,547 U.S. 388 (2005) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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