What happens next:
Posted Sep 25, 2003 0:55 UTC (Thu) by bojan
In reply to: What happens next:
Parent article: Text of the proposed EU patent directive
Good point. Now you'll see hardware manufacturers like IBM and Motorola submitting pure software patents wrapped into "this is a piece of hardware" crap. I've seen such patents in Australian patent application database. For instance, Motorola applied for a patent on a device+software that checks its own ID and then downloads the software for itself (application date in 2001).
If that kind of thing flies, one might expect that things like up2date would be infringing on that patent. The intentions of the legislator sometimes don't matter when the case is heard in court...
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