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
    angry dude, 19 Mar 2008 @ 7:47pm

    Are you sure you know what you are talking about ?

    WTF is "software patent", Mikey ?

    Did they teach you some intro computer science ?

    Like Turing equivalence etc. ?

    You know... software is equivalent to hardware...
    This is apparently the First Law of computing you should learn...

    Do you know what Verilog is ?

    How about ASIC or FPGA ?

    Get familiar with the subject first, dude..
    This is the First Law of journalism, which you haven't learned either...

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