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[News] Software Patents Prognosis After re Bilski

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Post-Bilski at the USPTO: Is the BPAI Looking to Create a "Software Per Se"

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| The BPAI, acknowledging Bilski, stated that the claim did not recite 
| patentable subject matter, as it was "directed to purely software 
| components."  


The Rocky Legal Landscape of Virtual Worlds, Part 2: Patents

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| For example, U.S. Patent No. 6,935,954, owned by Nintendo of America is 
| directed to a sanity system for a computer game whereby events in the game 
| affect a character's sanity, which in turn affects the ability of a user to 
| control the character. This sanity system appears suitable for any single or 
| multiplayer game in which characters encounter scary situations.    


That's how insane the world has gone.


Economist Critic of Software Patents gets Nobel Prize

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| The FFII congratulates Eric S. Maskin, an economist who has long criticised
| the patenting of software, for receiving the 2007 Nobel Prize for Economics.
| Prof. Maskin and two colleagues receive the Prize for research into the
| optimal design of economic mechanisms. By applying his theory to the IT
| sector, Maskin demonstrated "that in such a dynamic industry, patent
| protection may reduce overall innovation and welfare."


Intellectual Property Regime Stifles Science and Innovation, Nobel Laureates

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| Patent monopolies are believed to drive innovation but they actually impede
| the pace of science and innovation, Stiglitz said. The current “patent
| thicket,” in which anyone who writes a successful software programme is sued
| for alleged patent infringement, highlights the current IP system’s failure
| to encourage innovation, he said.
| Another problem is that the social returns from innovation do not accord with
| the private returns associated with the patent system, Stiglitz said. The
| marginal benefit from innovation is that an idea may become available sooner
| than it might have. But the person who secures the patent on it wins a
| long-term monopoly, creating a gap between private and social returns.

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