normanHLinux wrote: A patent was designed to protect the creator of a tangible object, to enable others to make similar items if they paid a 'reasonable' fee to the innovator.
Software patents are not relatd to any tangible object. They are, in effect, giving people the right to claim ownership of an idea.
Dutch_Master wrote:It may introduce abuse, if executed that way. A large company can dissuade sponsors to invest in a patent held by a new/small company, to see it thrown out and then use the exact patent to manufacture their own stuff. That's not what patents were intended to do, not by a long shot. Even then, patents may be so far ahead of their time that technology needs some time to catch up.
Can anybody explain to me how software embodying my algorithm is supposed to differ from a mechanical or electronic device embodying that same algorithm?
Well the software patent is never going to be a past. Every other other day you hear some company used ideas of some other company. This is what is going to happen in coming years.
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