Thursday, October 30, 2008

The great patent thicket has been macheted

Software and business method patents are history, thanks to a decision by the the Court of Appeals to the Federal Circuit, except in those cases which happen to meet the general rule on patents, namely the machine-or-transformation test. Knock on wood. It's likely to be appealed to, but unlikely to be accepted by the Supreme Court. I feel the big mo. This is historic. Now the software economy can see the sky again.

Version 1.1

Update (Nov 1, 2008): It just occurred to me that any software written for a virtual machine is assuredly free now of any patentability.

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