Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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Your arguments are interesting, and I completely agree with number two.

I must disagree, though, if you believe software shouldn't be patent protectable. CPUs are general purpose and do not provide usable functionality for the product user. That's like saying our hands truly provide functionality for humans. Therefore anything we create with are hands (or its associated process) needs no patent\copyright protection.

Secondly, software provides much greater revolutionary changes than hardware. Take for instance the invention of e-mail, word processing, video gaming, audio\picture\video editing, databases, financial accounting software, mobile computing, GRID computing, etc. These things are all completely different products created to run on the same simple computer. No?

On the other hand, there are relatively few hardware advancements that aren't a combination of existing hardware utilizing new and unique software.

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