In a little-noticed order issued today, the Supreme Court vacated the Alice decision:

Alice vacated

This comes less than a month after this tweet made the rounds in the patent community:

Tweet

My sources at the USPTO tell me that the Office may exercise its administrative discretion (ala In re Tam), and suspend examination of all patent applications that deal with laws of nature, natural phenomena, or abstract ideas–that is, all pending applications.  I will not speculate on the causes of the Court’s highly unusual decision, other than to say April Fools.