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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.

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