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I can't imagine one. The original maths is cooked up in universities, that is the innovation, and it isn't software.

Example: The concept of something like "modelling" is many decades old (e.g. watch the movie "Apollo 13" to see an early simulator in action). The maths involved is simply orbital mechanics, and is even older. Making the simulator is simply applied mathematics, it isn't "inventing" anything.

Another example: turn-based strategy games, such as Age Of Empires, are pre-dated by this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wargaming

Maths is ancient.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_mathematics

Mathematics is

**REALLY**ancient.

saynte,

"I agree that most software written isn't new content, just small extensions. However, I wouldn't let that stand in the way of a patent being filed for a real innovation in software."

Can you provide an example?

If not, you can borrow mine:

Quantum computing. A practical quantum computer would be innovative/novel in countless ways, with far reaching implications. The hardware for such a machine is no doubt innovative by just about everyone's standards.

Now we turn our attention to quantum computer software, and again we end up resorting to mathematics to lead the way. One of us developers will *happen* to be the first to write a quantum algorithm to do X. The act of being the first is "novel", but this is no indication that the algorithm isn't "obvious" to typical quantum developers, it's merely an indication that no one has ever tried before. It could very well be an inevitable algorithm which any quantum developer will be able to derive once practical quantum computers become relevant.

Why wait until there is practical quantum computing hardware available?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shor%27s_algorithm

http://www.springer.com/birkhauser/computer+science/book/978-0-8176...

*"The purpose of this monograph is to provide the mathematically literate reader with an accessible introduction to the theory of quantum computing algorithms, one component of a fascinating and rapidly developing area which involves topics from physics, mathematics, and computer science. The author briefly describes the historical context of quantum computing and provides the motivation, notation, and assumptions appropriate for quantum statics, a non-dynamical, finite dimensional model of quantum mechanics. This model is then used to define and illustrate quantum logic gates and representative subroutines required for quantum algorithms. A discussion of the basic algorithms of Simon and of Deutsch and Jozsa sets the stage for the presentation of Grover's search algorithm and Shor's factoring algorithm, key algorithms which crystallized interest in the practicality of quantum computers."*

Maths is maths, it doesn't require hardware to work out the maths.

When the first algorithms are run on practical quantum computers, they won't be original.

I've had a re-think. Perhaps new, original algorithms are in fact useful in a patent context, and are "invented" by people from time to time.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=s2tc_s3tc_fix&nu...

*"In the past, there have been individuals that have chimed in with their own thoughts on how to workaround the S3TC patent situation for open-source drivers, but none of them have been viable in legal terms. This new possible "solution" is a brand new texture compression algorithm that is simpler than S3TC and should not be infringing upon the S3 Texture Compression intellectual property."*

http://www.phoronix.com/image-viewer.php?id=s2tc_s3tc_fix&image=s3t...

In a

*"way to avoid someone's silly, harmful software patent"*context that is.

https://github.com/divVerent/s2tc/wiki/WhyS2TC

*"The compressor and decompressor here are licensed under a license that gives you all freedoms you will ever need (namely, the MIT license). In particular, the MIT license allows you to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense or sell the software, provided you keep copyright notices intact.*

In the unlikely case you need freedoms not covered by the MIT license, feel free to send me a message, and we can negotiate something.

Furthermore, you are free to reimplement S2TC on your own, and can use the format specification on this site as a guide."

In the unlikely case you need freedoms not covered by the MIT license, feel free to send me a message, and we can negotiate something.

Furthermore, you are free to reimplement S2TC on your own, and can use the format specification on this site as a guide."

*Edited 2011-07-19 10:47 UTC*

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2007-12-10

I agree that most software written isn't new content, just small extensions. However, I wouldn't let that stand in the way of a patent being filed for a real innovation in software.