BinariesAsPriorArt: Why is this a problem?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 01 Apr 2009 15:20
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The correct interpretation of that is of course that programming ideas for general-purpose computers cannot be patented, but for example a construction idea for a washing machine can be patented even if the innovative part is a new scientific insight, mathematical method or programming idea for the microprocessor in the washing machine -- a kind of small computer which controls its operations. The EPO however however has created an absurd interpretation of "programs as such" to the effect that in practice all programming ideas can be phrased in such a way that they are not ideas for "programs as such" and hence can be patented.
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