Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 09:24 UTC
Legal The failing US patent system is getting ever more mainstream - The New York Times is running a long and details piece on the failings of the system, especially in relation to the technology industry most of us hold so dearly. Most of the stuff in there isn't new to us - but there's two things in the article I want to highlight.
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Your code is protected by copyright. What's good enough for an author is good enough for you.
except that i'm not an author, and a sw is an industrial product resulting from a development process and containing technical and design features, more like a car than a book...

now, the car as an industrial object is patentable at all levels (from the suspension strut arrangement to materials - eg pvc laminated steel, or new more efficient noise aborbers - in the product itself, but also the part stamping / welding / mounting process itself - eg friction for welding different metals like steel and aluminum.. and so on and so forth) wherever something novel was adopted
and i doubt you'd call an automotive engineer "a line drawer" based on the fact that blueprints result from the design process...

but then why only those working on sw shall be degraded to second class industrial world citizen and deserve lesser consideration than their colleagues from other fields, just because they happeen to use a keyboard?

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