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Open Source Launches Attack on Software Patents

Apr 10, 2008, 12:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Red Hat and ESP (End Software Patents), a Free Software Foundation project, are joining others in challenging the legal logic used for software patents.

"The two have filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs pertaining to patenting software in a review of the Bilski case, which is now before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. In this case, according to a Red Hat blog posting by Rob Tiller, Red Hat's vice president and assistant general counsel for IP, 'the appeals court will address the issue of the boundaries of the subject matter that may be patented. The Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that abstract ideas and algorithms (which are the core building blocks of computer programs) are not patentable...'

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