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FSF says: USPTO should publish guidelines excluding software patents

Sep 27, 2010, 22:34 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is advising the software community in the United States to write to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and ask that software patents be excluded from upcoming guidance about patent eligibility.

"Following the Supreme Court's recent decision in *Bilski v. Kappos*, the USPTO plans to release new guidance about which patent applications will be accepted, and which will not. As part of this process, they are seeking input from the public about how that guidance should be structured. The FSF is taking this opportunity to call on the USPTO to exclude software patents from eligibility, and encouraging others in the field to do the same."

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