Kotaku: Should Video Game Patents Be Legal?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 07 Mar 2008 10:56
Number of posts: 1
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The US Patent and Trademark Office has taken a much more vague approach to determining what may or may not be patented. Its guidelines for patent examiners requires that the invention produce a concrete, useful, and tangible result, and gameplay patents are being allowed. [...] [Video games] are not inventions at all in the normal sense of the word. They are imaginary systems. Unlike mathematical theorems (which cannot be patented), game rules don't even have to be coherent -- though obviously they should be for playability reasons.
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