Prometheus bound: An important precedent for the next software patent case
Mar 26, 2012, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Tiller)
"The Supreme Court?s new opinion on patent eligibility is an
important step in the right direction in addressing the problem of
software patents. It shows that the Court is mindful of the risks
that patents can hold for innovation, and will provide a useful
precedent for the next big software patents case...
This may not sound surprising to FOSS community members who are
knowledgeable about the problems of software patents. But Americans
are taught from an early age to venerate the patent system. Many
end up with an unshakeable belief that it always fosters progress,
and cannot conceive that it sometimes hinders innovation.