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Offline Roquen
« Posted 2014-06-26 11:40:14 »

Are they dead in the US?  (Haven't read yet:

That would be awesome.
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« Reply #1 - Posted 2014-06-26 12:30:58 »

Thoroughly bashed bloody with a big stick but not actually dead as far as my understanding goes. It is apparently henceforth going to be considerably more difficult to claim an infringement.

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2014-06-26 12:53:01 »

The ruling doesn't do much to indicate what constitutes an "abstract," and therefore unpatentable, idea. It merely invalidates the notion that turning this idea into a computer program somehow renders it less abstract. Essentially, if an idea to be carried out by non-computer means isn't patentable, then it shouldn't be patentable if it's carried out by computers, either. An idea doesn't gain special patent legitimacy just because it's been implemented as software.

I think it's quite an important ruling, though. It should make it far more difficult for people to be like "Oh, we dreamed up this special kind of computerized transaction and we're going to force the world to license it from us or face the wrath of our overzealous legal team!" The patent simply won't hold up if it's an "innovation" whose only real novelty is that it's done by a computer. Just to call on a real-world example, it should be interesting to see how this would affect Amazon's patent on "1-Click" purchasing.
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Offline Roquen
« Reply #3 - Posted 2014-06-26 13:06:11 »

Ah.  The dream lasted for a moment.  Any punch in the face is good by me.
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