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Watch me infringe patents!

Permalink 02/24/09 at 06:33:03 am, by Ed, 169 words   English (US)
Categories: Programming

You know what's silly? Everybody's been saying it: Any sort of patent that does not ascribe to the definition of a patent. Specifically:

Utility Patent

Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or compositions of matters, or any new useful improvement thereof.

Design Patent

Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.

Plant Patent

Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.

Notice that every single one of these refers to physical matter, or objects being manufactured. So what I'm complaining about is obviously software patents. The prime example everyone uses is Amazon's online purchasing patent. A subsection of the patent reveals that they patent the one-click feature on their website. Now watch as I infringe!

Click once to go to my home page!

Oh noes! Now I will be sued!

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Comment from: Ben [Visitor] · http://sgdk2.sf.net/
1) It's odd that just this morning the thought of software patents came to mind, and I was wondering if there was anything I had done that I should try to patent. Your mind must really be on the same wavelength as mine.
2) It seems logical to me that software patents would fall under the very first kind of patent you listed... a utility patent that patents a "process".
02/26/09 @ 04:02

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