Tuesday, May 29, 2007

UK Patent office has right idea

It seems from this story in the Register that the UK patent office (now the Intellectual Property Office) is trending in the right direction regarding software idea patents:

UK firms contest 'absurd' software patent ruling | The Register

The patent office is saying that the software parts of a patent are not granted a distribution monopoly. This is good in that it kind of reflects EU statute law that software may not be patented at all.

The five firms raising this issue are right that the current situation is absurd. Statute law forbids software idea patents but the EPO have blundered and have allowed some and in so doing have created confusing case law.

What we need is clarity. We need our legislators to make it completely clear in law that software ideas can not be patented under any circumstances at all.

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