Posted Oct 10, 2012 7:16 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Patently stupid
Parent article: The Patent, Used as a Sword (New York Times)
It would be interesting if you could name one example of a software patent that says something useful to the world, and which had not been published independently.
This will be useful, sure, but this is not how system is supposed to work and this is not how it works. Usually you publish your achievement in some easy-to-digest form (article in a magazine, software manuals, detailed plans and blueprints, etc) and in a patent form. Noone is supposed to even read the patent (till they will want to prove it's invalid, that is) because it exists solely to protect discovery which is explained in the other piece of work.
There are tons of works which were done this way.
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