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[News] Imaginary Property Goes "Poof!"

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Your Business Method Patent Has Just Been Invalidated

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| This ruling raises a ton of questions like that across literally thousands of 
| patents. And it is a good thing too because business-method patents tend to 
| be overly broad and abused.  


Goodbye to Most Business Method & Software Patents?


Of Patents and Property

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| As long-suffering readers of this blog will have noticed, one of my favourite 
| hobby-horses is that the whole idea of "intellectual property” is a trick, 
| designed to plug into the warm and fuzzy feeling most people have about the 
| idea of property, and aiming to cover up the fact that what we are really 
| dealing with here are intellectual monopolies – of which few people are fans.    


Software and business method patents may still be valid

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| “Because there’s no categorical exclusion of these things they probably ought 
| to look at those individual patents to see if they have any value. But you 
| have to look at it patent by patent.”  
| That’s the word from Bruce Wieder, who heads the patent practice over at Dow 
| Lohnes PLLC in Washington. As always this new legal decision is really great 
| for lawyers.  
| So what will they be looking for? According to Wieder the court set a simple 
| test. “Business method patents must be tied to a machine,” one that does real 
| transformations of something. You can’t just patent the idea.  
| For software it’s the same thing. “You have to look at what the software 
| does.” The court gives the example of a machine that cures rubber. You can 
| patent the machine, but not the software timing the process.  



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| Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
| of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
| make more money.
| One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
| defiance of the treaty that set it up.

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