Does no one see the implications for patents?
Posted May 9, 2012 17:09 UTC (Wed) by dgm
In reply to: Does no one see the implications for patents?
Parent article: SAS v. WPL decision addresses boundaries of copyrights on software (opensource.com)
"The entire point of patents is to 'monopolize' ideas".
The point of patents is limited monopolization of ideas in exchange of publication.
That part about limits and having to give something in exchange is usually overlooked, but it's the point of patents. It's my belief that they were invented to discourage secret recipes that would die with their inventor. This does not apply to software as a product (when you get a copy that you can study, even in binary form) but could apply to software as a service (when you only get the results).
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