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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Filed Under: software patents, uk
Companies: symbian


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  1. identicon
    Frons, 3 Aug 2008 @ 7:59pm

    Re: patent protection for OpenOffice and MS office

    Now, Sun seeks patent protection for OpenOffice with LGPLv3, Until Microsoft and the ever-waiting horde of patent trolls start contributing to OpenOffice, it's unclear how users of OpenOffice will gain any new patent protection from the license change. No one was worried about Novell, Sun, etc. waging a patent war against users of OpenOffice. The threat is elsewhere.

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