SCOTUS again reminds anyone who will listen, that merely doing something via computer is not a patentable invention.“The method claims, which merely require generic computer implementation, fail to transform that abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention.” Since few if any computer programmes can pass this test, this is yet another huge blow against software-patents. This is just one of several layers of filters which software-patents fail to pass. Others are that abstract concepts are not patentable, and stuff that lacks novelty are not patentable. OMG! The Supremes were unanimous! World, quit being inhibited by software patents. Three of the justices even set out a couple more reasons why the subject “invention” was ineligible: “There is no suggestion in any of th[e] early [English] consideration of process patents that processes for organizing human activity were or ever had been patentable” and “As in Bilski, however, I further believe that the method claims at issue are drawn to an abstract idea.”(Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Breyer). So, the Supremes were against the patentability and more against the patentability than split on both sides of the fence. Talk about piling on… Get on with finding, creating, modifying and distributing information to your heart’s content without fear. If a patent-troll comes calling, show him the door.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. I do not care whether my solution is the same as yours. I like to think for myself.
My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. I have been blessed by working in schools where students and school systems have benefited by good, modular software easily installed in most systems.
I have shown GNU/Linux to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers over the years and will continue in some way doing that until I die in spite of the opposition.