On Friday the Supreme Court granted certiorari in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp, an en banc decision of the Federal Circuit that addressed the subject-matter eligibility of software patents. I’ll have more to say about this in the coming months. My initial impression, though, is that watching the Supreme Court handle patent cases is like watching one of those old Mr. Magoo cartoons. The Justices stumble around and come close to disaster after disaster, but they somehow manage to avoid trouble. We’ll see if that holds this time.