Linked by Christian Schaller on Tue 19th Apr 2005 18:26 UTC
Legal We today face the risk of software patents being approved in the EU because not enough parliamentary members will be showing up to vote. Due to this it is important for those of us who oppose software patents to make sure EU parliament members see the damage software patents cause, so they realize it is important to be there to vote providing the needed absolute majority. But sending out a clear message is also important for the process of patent reform in the US and other places who have fallen into the trap of introducing them.
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intended purpose of the patent..
by ? on Tue 19th Apr 2005 19:58 UTC

The intended purpose of the patent is to allow an inventor to collect $$$ for his innovative idea.

It's second purpose is to cause new innovation for the same process: If someone patent's a certain type of can opener, it forces others who don't want to pay the royalties, to develop an brand new way of opening cans. This would lead to a better way of doing things since the patents force you to explain EXACTLY HOW your idea works by providing artwork.

These are all tangable things I've mentioned so far. I find it difficult to believe the US Patents given to Amazon for the 1 click purchase system, especially since the artwork is so worthless. It is LITERALLY patenting a concept, like patenting division or patenting a way to solve fractions. Math textbook writers are not allowed to patent a shortcut for solving for X when dealing with ratios, no matter how novel the concept may seem.

I don't understand why these claims aren't just scoffed at and shot down.