Posted By Tommy

Problems with patenting software

12/16/2008 8:58 AM
Software Patterns Don’t Compute
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jul05/1557/3
Although it’s not possible to patent mathematical algorithms, if there is some technology attached to the algorithms then they can be patented. Therefore, the courts are granting patents to pure mathematics because it’s become only possible to do with a computer. Thus we have people patenting the code and preventing others from coding the same thing, like Amazon’s one-click shopping patent.

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