Does no one see the implications for patents?
Posted May 12, 2012 21:11 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
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)
Be careful with statements about patents and monopolizing ideas. Patent lawyers contrast "ideas" with "inventions" and I believe it is still the official rule in the US that you cannot patent an idea, but only an invention.
The debate, then, isn't whether it's OK to monopolize an idea, but whether the patents we call software patents monopolize an idea.
So the ECJ saying you shouldn't monopolize ideas doesn't necessarily add anything at all to the software patent debate.
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