Out-law: US Patent Office rulings threaten key Google patent, says expert
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Date: 25 Jul 2008 08:53
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It has been assumed that software patents will survive this ruling because they are tied to a machine, since they cannot be useful without a computer on which to run. But Duffy claims that more recent USPTO rulings say that a general purpose computer is not a machine in that sense, and that software is not patentable if it has to rely on a computer being the machine in that definition.
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