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Circuit Court Judge Has Finally Had It With Software Patents

Here's a bracing analysis of whether it should be possible to patent software: Given that an “idea” is not patentable and a generic computer is “beside the point” in the eligibility analysis, all software implemented on a standard computer should be deemed categorically outside the bounds of section 101. The central problem with affording patent protection to generically-implemented software is that standard computers have long been ceded to the public domain.
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