Posted Nov 7, 2006 10:11 UTC (Tue) by k8to
In reply to: whatever
Parent article: Various responses to Microsoft/Novell
Theoretically, patetnts are supposed to protect methods, which are sort of like implementations but a bit abstracted. They aren't supposed to protect abstract ideas. The problem is the domain of "methods" has become so distended to encompass basic things like mathematics, so that effectively in some domains ideas are patented, or else enough similar patents are registered such that the idea might as well be patented.
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