Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Microsoft Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has warned users of Red Hat Linux that they will have to pay Microsoft for its intellectual property. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
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by wakeupneo on Wed 10th Oct 2007 06:17 UTC
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I don't think the USPTO have a clue about what a patent actually is or what qualifies as one. In Australia we have three criteria for patentability of a new invention - Utility, Novelty and Non-obviousness.

Utility means that the invention must be useful.
Novelty means that the invention is new and/or that the author is the first and original inventor.
Non-obviousness means that the invention must not be obvious to a person with ordinary skill in the invention field of applicability.

I doubt the majority of software patents approved in the US would ever see the light of day based on this criteria...and, thank the gods, never will where I live.

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