Light BulbAnother patent just failed the Supreme Court's airy test for unpatentable "abstract ideas".

A whiter shade of pale

Patents that define ways to make money through commerce on the Internet never have gotten much respect.

In the last year, a series of rulings by the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court bled much of the remaining color out of the "business

Rube Goldberg Flyswatter
Flyswatter by Rube Goldberg.

You've heard about the genius whose incandescent idea for a new contraption wakes him in the hours before sunup.  You'll also recall Edison's cutesy statement that "[g]enius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."

Both the burning thought that disturbs the inventor's slumber and the drudgery that produces the pre-dawn