Marko.ca: USPTO on software patents: Not on one computer, ok on several
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 10 Aug 2008 20:42
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
In theory, abstract concepts and mathematical algorithms are not patentable. And software is just a set of mathematical algorithms. Therefore, software, according to this view, should not be patentable. However, in the past, the Federal Circuit has generally ruled that the execution of an algorithm on a general-purpose computer transforms it into a patentable invention. This, of course, has the exact opposite result: any software can be loaded on to a general-purpose computer, thus, any software can be (potentially) patentable.
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