Software Patents have been redefined today, such that fewer will be granted and the notion of 'abstraction' is no longer allowed. I should find a link.http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/19/technology/supreme-court-software-patent/index.html.. but this is good news for the industry, I believe.
How? The decision states that abstract ideas still are not patentable and then further states that incorporating an abstract idea into a computer system still is an abstract idea that is not patentable.
I'm not sure how that changes the USPTO's granting of patents to begin with. Seems like it just means patent litigation is still litigated with maybe a quicker litigation process (i.e. less appeals).