Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th May 2013 16:26 UTC
Legal New Zealand leads the way. "The government has announced a change to planned new patent rules today which has put an end to fears that computer software might be covered by new patent protection." Also, here's the evidence that nobody (except lawyers, (un)paid company lackies, and corporate managers) wants software patents: "Matthews said a recent poll of more than 1000 Kiwi IT professionals found 94 per cent wanted to see software patents gone." Let that sink in for a while: 94%.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

gumoz,

South africa also specifically excluded software patents in it's 1978 patent act.

http://www.cipc.co.za/Patents_files/Patent_Act.pdf

(2) Anything which consists of—
(a) a discovery;
(b) a scientific theory;
(c) a mathematical method;
(d) a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or any other aesthetic creation;
(e) a scheme, rule or method for performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business;
(f ) a program for a computer; or
(g) the presentation of information, shall not be an invention for the purposes of this Act.



Also interesting is that they also exclude patents on biological creations, which is highly controversial in the US today. I'm not sure what they had in mind with the morality clause though.

(4) A patent shall not be granted—
(a) for an invention the publication or exploitation of which would
be generally expected to encourage offensive or immoral behaviour; or
(b) for any variety of animal or plant or any essentially biological process for the production of animals or plants, not being a micro-biological process or the product of such a process.

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