Patents Don't Apply to Source Code
Posted Nov 30, 2006 18:45 UTC (Thu) by GreyWizard
In reply to: Patents Don't Apply to Source Code
Parent article: Novell, buyer's remorse, and the patent threat
Patents apply to behavior, not concepts or ideas. Clever lawyers have succeeded with patent applications for increasingly abstract things, but the patents still apply only to some process that implements an idea and not the idea itself.
Microsoft and other vendors of proprietary software are regularly found guilty of patent infringement without the benefit of source code. RCU is mentioned above, but this is by definition a behavior that can be observed.
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