Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:38 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The Google-Microsoft patent war of words is continuing. Yesterday, Google (rightfully so, in my book) accused Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle partaking in an organised patent attack against Android, instead of competing on merit, claiming that they bought up Novell's and Nortel's patents solely to attack Android and its device makers. Microsoft struck back, claiming Google was offered to join in on the bids for the Novell patents, but rejected the offer. Google has now responded to this accusation - and to make matters even more confusing, Microsoft responded back. A public shouting match between two powerful parties? Count me in!
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Thom has argued that software patents are merely "patenting numbers" and that it is wrong based on this assertion.

I think C. S. Lewis, JRR Tolken, JK Rowling among many others would disagree with that understanding. Thom's philosophy is akin to saying that patenting a book is just patenting letters.

patent != copyright

The works of Lewis, Tolkien and Rowling are protected by copyright, they are not patented.

Patenting a book would in fact involve patenting the process of putting letters on paper and binding the pages together.

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