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It's official: Software will be unpatentable in NZ [nzcs.org.nz]
Despite what appears to be a big-budget lobbying effort by the pro-patent fraternity, Hon Simon Power announced today that he wouldn't be modifying the proposed Patents Bill hence software will be unpatentable once the Bill passes into law.
This is significant. As we've previously pointed out software patents aren't black and white, and there are certainly pros and cons. However on balance, we believe they represent a far greater risk to smaller NZ-based software providers than opportunity, and there are many cases where they have significantly stifled innovation.
"It was a dark, and stormy night............... the butler did it."
According to Groklaw, the first of a huge backlog of software patent applications in the US system has been rejected due to Bilski, with the ruling that "The unpatentability of abstract ideas was confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos". On the face of it, this would appear to have the effect of canning pure software patents in the US, which is massively significant.
physics: Right on ppc_newbie. It's like trying to copyright mathematical equations.
If Einstein came up with E=mc^2 (well, actually E^2 = p^2c^2 + m^2c^4) today he would've probably had to patent it just to "protect hist IP". Jeesh
E^2 = p^2c^2 + m^2c^4
[edited by: buckworks at 6:04 pm (utc) on Jul 17, 2010]