You have a "new" method for conducting business. Is it patentable? Do you run a risk of potential infringement? The answer on both accounts is a big "maybe." The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided these questions in Bilski v. Campos. "Processes" is one of the categories eligible for patent protection, and it was widely expected that the Supreme Court's decision would determine the issue of the patentability of "business methods." Instead, five justices said "maybe," while four justices said "no way." What's definitely not included is laws of nature, physical phenomena and abstract ideas. A conventional way of determining patentability in this area was the "machine-or-transformation" test (i.e. a process tied to a particular machine, or useful to transform some article into something else). This would tend to exclude "business methods," but was determined not to be the "sole" test of patentability. So, certain "business methods" are still on the table, at least for the time being. Let us know whether you are thinking of patent protection or perhaps have a concern about infringement.