ComputerworldUK: UK Allows Full-Blown Software Patent
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 08 May 2009 09:36
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But what exactly does “better program” mean? There's certainly no general metric for measuring whether programs are better or worse than others. Instead, they are judged on whether they *do* things better – you know, things like making it relatively faster or more reliable. Oh, but hang on, that's supposed to be the crucial difference between patentable and unpatentable software. So, it turns out, that in real life – not the abstract world of court rooms - there is *no* discernible difference between patentable software and the unpatentable kind. The examiner, bless his cotton socks, may have attempted to perceive one, but if he'd asked a few programmers he would have found that he was attempting to create a false distinction – just like all the others based around the fictitious concept of “technical contribution”, and the meaningless “as such” phrase.
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