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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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

The concept of the steering wheel is not patented. Specific implementations of struts or suspension systems are patented.

Unfortunately sw patents are not patents on implementations. They're patents on the concept.

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