LegalPad: Ending software patents: Has the time come?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 29 Feb 2008 11:01
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Though many information technology companies, like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco, are publicly championing patent reform, they only favor improving the quality of software patents, not abolishing them. After all, there are estimated to be more than 200,000 active, issued software patents in the United States, and most major tech companies have acquired, at considerable expense, substantial portfolios of them. Companies like Philips Electronics also argue that drawing the line between hardware and software is no longer easy, and that many patents relate to processes that were once accomplished using hardware but are now accomplished using software. Why should the modernization of the medium deprive Philips of recognition for its inventions, its lawyers have argued (albeit, in a slightly different context). See here.
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