Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 17:33 UTC
Red Hat Red Hat has filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court. In the brief, Red Hat explains the practical problems of software patents to software developers. The brief, filed in the Bilski case, asks the Supreme Court to adopt the lower court's machine-or-transformation test and to make clear that it excludes software from patentability.
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Comment by Praxis
by Praxis on Sat 3rd Oct 2009 00:58 UTC
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I like patents, in fact I like the patent system is much better than the copyright system (in theory). The only issue is that software isn't patentable under any sane system. You can't patent algorithms and that what software code is when you get down to it. If any Judge was even the least bit familiar with software this would be obvious but by and large they aren't. Business method patents are just as insane but it looks like people caught onto that a little bit faster. Once you start issuing crappy patents though the system starts breaking down. Its really doesn't appear set up to handle disputed patents beside companies suing each other in hugely expensive court battles. Get rid of software and business method patents and you would clear out of good deal of the crap in the system, then set up a better review process for invalidating disputed patents and we would have a return to sanity

Edited 2009-10-03 00:58 UTC

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