Petitioning The Government Against Software Patents
from the yes,-but... dept
Apparently I had missed that the White House set up a platform for people to petition it directly. A few folks have sent over a petition that was set up asking the administration to reject software patents, noting that they are hindering the software industry, one of the few “strong” industries in the US. The specific petition asks the government to stop issuing software patents… and to void all existing software patents.
While I understand the sentiment… there’s a big problem here that plenty of patent folks will point out: there’s no good definition of “software patents” right now. If you just say software patents are banned, what will it mean? Chances are it will mean that patent attorneys will start writing “software patents” in a way that don’t look like “software patents.” I think that patents that end up covering software are a big problem, but I don’t think people are doing themselves any favor complaining about software patents if they can’t explain to the government what a software patent actually is.