business process

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business process

An action taken in the course of conducting business. Whether manual or automated, all processes require input and generate output. Depending on the level of viewing and modeling, a process can be a single task or a complicated procedure such as building a product.

A business information system process typically means updating a database from a transaction such as an order or application form (transaction vs. master). See transaction, business process modeling, business processing and information system.
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rise" or "proliferation" of business method patents
In our view, that involves removing the threat of business method patent abuse.
Signature Financial Group, which gave the green light to the patenting of business methods.
Most participants seemed to agree that business method and software patents in the United States are here to stay.
Patent trolls holding an inventory of business method patents pose a particular risk to modern day businesses.
have agreed to combat the threat of the highly controversial "business method patent" by sharing any current and future business method patents on a royalty-free basis.
The abstract for the 440 patent states: "A business method which uses a computer program to establish and maintain a deposit exchange.
Our business method patent enables health plans to lower their annual costs by as much as 90%, while at the same time improving the level of benefits for plan members suffering from ESRD.
Veteran patent attorneys from both prosecution and litigation practices and corporate and private practice update the 1995 first edition with new chapters on patent filing trends for software and business methods, maximizing success with patent examiners, drafting a patent specification that meets requirements outside of the US, and post-State Street Bank court cases involving business method patents.
More specifically, under US patent law an inventor shall be entitled to a business method patent unless the invention is already known or been patented elsewhere or the invention has been sold or is in use more than one year prior to the US patent filing date.
For instance, while it will depend on the specific details of the writer's business method, it may be that he could obtain a patent in the USA, but not in Europe.