Supremes Take Aim At Software-patents, Finally

Finally, the uproar about software-patents has penetrated to the inner sanctum of the US Supreme Court.

They can no longer fiddle while Rome burns. Being able to repatent the entirety of human history by putting some idea into software will soon become refuse in the trash-bin of IT. M$’s last grip on Free Software will be gone. Markets for IT will finally be free to run on price/performance rather than the size of legal budgets. Apple and M$ will both be cut down to size and become normal businesses instead of gangs of thugs terrorizing the planet.

“In the Federal Circuit’s decision, five judges saw Supreme Court precedent as guiding them toward a path that would narrow what kind of software and financial services are allowed to be patented. They saw Alice Corp.’s patent on a method of using "shadow accounts" in foreign currency exchange as being the kind of "but do it on a computer" patent that should be thrown out under Supreme Court guidance. "Abstract methods do not become patent-eligible by being clothed in computer language," wrote Judge Alan Lourie.”

See Supreme Court will take up messy software ruling from top patent court.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Supremes Take Aim At Software-patents, Finally

  1. ram says:

    We can only hope the supremes do something reasonable. Still don’t hold out much hope for the American “justice” system.

  2. dougman says:

    Software should not be patented, as it stifles innovation.

    “In a trio of Supreme Court decisions between 1972 and 1981, the court held that mathematical algorithms were not eligible for patent protection. Since computer software is little more than mathematical algorithms encoded in machine-readable form, most of the software industry assumed this meant you couldn’t patent software. But then, in the 1990s, a patent-friendly appeals court handed down a series of decisions that opened the door to patents on software. That triggered a wave of patenting that has drowned the technology industry in litigation.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/06/the-supreme-court-could-abolish-software-patents-next-year-heres-why-it-should/

    http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=2011111122291296

    http://www.geekwire.com/2011/barnes-noble-microsoft-shockingly-high-fees-android-nook/

    “Microsoft is quite open to a settlement of patent litigation provided Google agrees that Android infringes. What Microsoft is “offering” in this “solid foundation” is actually the culmination of its approach over the last year or so: getting companies using Android to sign licensing deals that implicitly admit that the code infringes on Microsoft patents – without the need to prove that they actually do.”

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