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Re: Why are software patents wrong?

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Why are software patents wrong?
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 00:46:36 +0200

"Paul Hovnanian P.E." wrote:
> Unlike hardware, there are numerous ways to implement the same function
> (task) in software. Given a task description ...

You can't patent a task. You can patent a novel, useful, and non-
obvious method to achieve it. In the EU, invention must have a 
technical effect (positively affect the ability of a "device" as 
a whole to carry out a technical function) to be patentable under 
the current EPO {case}law (and the upcoming EU patent directive).


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