SDTimes: Re: Bilski - The end of software patents?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 08 Jul 2009 18:32
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Unfortunately, attorney Plotkin's remarks perpetuate a myth that many patent attorneys would like the rest of us to believe - that software patents are necessary to the software industry to induce innovation. Yet, every empirical study of the impact of software patents on the software industry has shown that they have had no meaningful impact on the industry, either positive or negative. If you think of the software giants of today, such as Oracle and Microsoft, they all became quite successful without the benefit of software patents and only turned to patenting their software innovations when they perceived a need to do so to protect themselves from the threats posed by other large companies.
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