The USPTO Is Asking Developers For Some Pointers on Fixing Software…

The world of software patents is a strange, confusing, inefficient place. There's a pretty serious question as to whether or not software patents should really even exist. Now, the USPTO is making moves to at least step in a better direction by calling out to software developers anywhere and everywhere for advice on… » 1/05/13 12:00pm 1/05/13 12:00pm

Should Software Patents Exist?

Patents are supposed to encourage invention and protect inventors from being ripped off. At least, this was the reasoning when patents applied to things like steam engines and drillbits. But software? That might be a whole other question. » 6/01/11 1:40pm 6/01/11 1:40pm

In Huge Shift, Court Ruling Effectively Denies Software-Only Patent…

Today, a Federal court of appeals ruling definitely caught the attention of tech companies world wide: in a 9-3 ruling, the court effectively made patenting anything not directly related to an actual machine or object—most purely software-only patents, for example—against the law. As you might imagine, this has… » 10/31/08 5:45pm 10/31/08 5:45pm