Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:34 UTC, submitted by sb56637
Legal Blah blah Apple whines about a bunch of software patents again. Go cry in a corner, Jobs. Either find a strategy that counters the rise of Android, or just suck it up and be a man about it. Oh, HTC is the target this time around. Again. Whatever.
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Getting old
by Jennimc on Tue 12th Jul 2011 01:24 UTC
Jennimc
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2011-06-22

Am I the only one tired of hearing about this site's (let's be real... Thom's) opinion that software patents and those whom defend theirs should be taken down a few pegs.

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RE: Getting old
by Fergy on Tue 12th Jul 2011 07:10 in reply to "Getting old"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Am I the only one tired of hearing about this site's (let's be real... Thom's) opinion that software patents and those whom defend theirs should be taken down a few pegs.

Probably. Software patents are the greatest threat to software and OS development so it's pretty relevant to osnews.

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RE: Getting old
by vodoomoth on Tue 12th Jul 2011 08:36 in reply to "Getting old"
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2010-03-30

No you're not. Though, we might be for different reasons: I am still waiting for a valid reason why James Watt's separating of the condensation chamber from the piston in steam engines was patentable, why pharmaceutical molecules extracted from the bark of tropical trees are patentable, why changing the proportion of cement in concrete is a valid basis for a legitimate patent but anything software is not patentable. Maybe that there's been a patent granted for the pad that serves as a brake on strollers. Why are these patentable and software isn't, I haven't been able to figure it out.

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RE[2]: Getting old
by BiPolar on Tue 12th Jul 2011 12:41 in reply to "RE: Getting old"
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2007-07-06

why pharmaceutical molecules extracted from the bark of tropical trees are patentable


IMO, they should not, along with DNA sequences, but I digress.

Why are these patentable and software isn't, I haven't been able to figure it out.


One reasonable argument:

http://paulspontifications.blogspot.com/2011/04/patent-5893120-redu...

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RE[2]: Getting old
by JAlexoid on Tue 12th Jul 2011 21:51 in reply to "RE: Getting old"
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2009-05-19

why pharmaceutical molecules extracted from the bark of tropical trees are patentable

Because the actual molecules are not patentable, maybe? The process of extraction or synthesis is patentable though. But if they are, it's as stupid as allowing a patent on DNA.

why changing the proportion of cement in concrete is a valid basis for a legitimate patent but anything software is not patentable. Maybe that there's been a patent granted for the pad that serves as a brake on strollers.


Oh! I got a better one! Why can't the amalgamation of folklore by JRRTolkien be patented? Or Why can't JKRowling patent the idea behind Harry Potter?
Or one even better: Why can't mathematical, chemical and physics formulas/equasions/processes be patented?

Why are these patentable and software isn't, I haven't been able to figure it out.

When you'll need to license the right to type on your keyboard or vibrate the air molecules with frequencies detectable by the human ear, then you'll understand...

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