The technology space has been consumed in the fires of patent warfare for the last several years, as tech giants have battled in court, arguing about potential infringements in the latest devices and gadgets. Software patents have been at the heart of many of these cases, but the Supreme Court has remained mostly silent on this matter. Until now.
On Dec. 6, the justices agreed to hear arguments concerning a patented method of mitigating risk related to derivative trading. In a federal appeals court ruling, one judge noted that the result of this case could potentially call hundreds of thousands of patents into question.