UK Continues To Move Towards Software Patents

from the just-as-we-move-away-from-them? dept

Back in January, we noted that the UK's high court appeared to have told the country's patent office to stop saying software couldn't be patented. Apparently, that wasn't enough as the same court has now again told the patent office that it can't ignore software patents, this time due to a case involving mobile phone operating system maker Symbian. It's rather unfortunate that this appears to be happening just as the US courts are finally questioning the wisdom of software patents.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Mar 2008 @ 7:22am

    A patent should only be granted for "unique" ideas and how they are implemented.

    Putting aside the issue of "obvious" patents (because that issue is totally different from "software" patents because it is very possible to have "unique" software ideas)

    Also, if you are against patents in general for any ideas, then you too are excluded from this discussion because the issue of whether software patents should be granted or not is totally different then believing no patents should be issued for any ideas.

    Thus, we are left with whether an idea that can only be implemented in "software" should be patentable or not.

    If you are OK with patents for "hardware" things like the laser, or telephone, then why are against software patents?

    In the time before computers, ideas could only be implemented using hardware. But, as time moved forward, new technology advances are made, and along with those advances are new ideas that are either based on or created from those new advances.

    A "software" patent is simply another idea, but it's an idea that can only be implemented/executed in software.

    But, it's still an idea, so why can't it get patent protection if it is truly a unique and non-obvious idea?

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