ArsTechnica: Patent Office finds voice, calls for software patent sanity
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Date: 30 Jul 2008 14:11
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Summary:
Two decisions from May and June of this year show the Patent Office moving more decisively toward rejecting patents on software. They were heard by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (which is above the Patent Office but below the Federal Circuit in the appeals process) and concerned patents on simulating physical processes using mathematical models. The Patent Office rejected both patents on the grounds that they involved only the manipulation of abstract mathematical formulas and were not tied to a specific machine or physical process. The Board of Patent Appeals upheld the Patent Office's decision in one case but, in the other, it overturned the Patent Office because the patent described a simulation that occurred on two processors operating in parallel.
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