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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by AdamW on Tue 19th Apr 2005 20:29 UTC

"You have to be the first person to implement the idea in order to get it so your reasoning is a little flawed."

That's what the law says, yes. Frequently it doesn't work that way. The U.S. PTO sucks at checking for prior art (frankly I don't think they even bother doing more than the most cursory of checks before granting a patent) so many, many patents are granted on things that had been done before. The only way to get these overturned is through a court case or by convincing the PTO to review the case.