23 November 2007

An Excellent Article on Software Patents

Thanks to Peter Zura's 271 Patent Blog, I came across an excellent article published in the US by Business Week.

Those of you who read my posts will know how I feel. What I like about this article is that it quite rightly points out that continued prejudice by the US Patent Office and pressure groups to de-value software patents only makes them more expensive to obtain. As a result, the benefits of such Intellectual Property will become limited to corporations able to afford the excessive legal costs associated with obtaining registration.

As the author points out, there is fundamentally no difference between software and hardware, as they are often expressed in terms of each other. It's time for the detractors to understand that there is no reason for an inventor of a software product to be treated any differently to an inventor of a product in any other field of engineering.

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