Software is The Glass Bead Game
Posted Feb 1, 2012 13:03 UTC (Wed) by java_developer
In reply to: Software is The Glass Bead Game
Parent article: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
Actually, it's more of a user-interface patent than a software patent--as you say,
nybble41 a user interface patent is almost always a software patent. I am not aware of any patents being placed on user interfaces which are not software based. If there such a thing out there, then it's an abomination also.
Either you're patenting the software code itself, in which case it's called a "copyright" and not a patent, or you're patenting what the thing does and and a series of steps involving abstract things, irrespective of the code that underlies it. This later case is what a software patent is.
Therefore user interface patents ARE software patents- they patent an end result , from the POV of programmers, regardless of how it's realized in code.
They are defined on things which are purely abstract in nature and can be "realized" in many different ways. So not only is slide to unlock covering
the Apple interface, it's covering ALL interfaces.
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