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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

gumoz,

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

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


For that matter, the European Patent Convention also disallows software patents twice over.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patentable_subject_matter#European_Pat...

The European Patent Convention does not provide any positive guidance on what should be considered an invention for the purposes of patent law. However, it provides a non-exhaustive list of what are not to be regarded as inventions, and therefore not patentable subject matter:

The following in particular shall not be regarded as inventions within the meaning of paragraph 1:

(a) discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods;

(b) aesthetic creations;

(c) schemes, rules and methods for performing mental acts, playing games or doing business, and programs for computers;

(d) presentations of information.


The European Patent Convention effectively says that patents on software should be disallowed in Europe firstly because software is a mathematical method and secondly because software is programs for computers.

This doubly-stated intention that software is not patentable subject matter is, unfortunately, almost completely ignored by many European patent offices and courts.

Edited 2013-05-10 10:35 UTC

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