Police raid not about software patents
Posted Mar 14, 2008 0:38 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Police raid not about software patents
Parent article: Some topics related to MP3 players
I've always hated the term "software patent," because hardware vs software has little to do with patents. (In fact, I find about 90% of the use of the terms "hardware" and "software" in general are in sentences that aren't really about hardware and software).
"Software patent" is usually used to refer to a patent on an invention which would typically be implemented with software. It doesn't matter if that software is integrated into a physical device which is the unit of distribution. The distinction between this and other kinds of inventions seems to be mostly related to the relatively cheap engineering process that creates the invention.
I believe this is the first time I've seen someone refer to the software patent issue as stuart_hc does: the idea of patent rights covering the distribution of an invention via information transmission as opposed to movement of matter.
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