Vlaurie: Windows Tips and Tricks
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 28 Feb 2008 17:43
Number of posts: 1
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Current software patent law and policy is a disgrace. The patent office has been allowing absurd patents such as figuring out how to do something with one mouse click instead of two. Many or maybe all software patents should never have been allowed. A piece of code should be no more patentable than a solution to an algebraic equation. Certainly, there is intellectual work and maybe even insight involved but the same holds for a lot of unpatentable basic scientific research. Suppose someone could have patented the Second Law of Themodynamics or the Schroedinger Equation of quantum mechanics? I have written computer programs and I have published scientific papers without expecting to patent any of it. The idea is ridiculous yet we have the present farcical situation where someone who decides to use a linked list instead of an array can get a patent.
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