..on Tue, Apr 06, 2010 at 11:01:32AM +1200, Luke Duncalfe wrote:
I was heartened but then disheartened after reading a comment on reddit
from a patent writer in the US -
I have no way of knowing how correct the post is, or whether the same
can be said for New Zealand. Thoughts anyone?
I don't know what the impact on patents and software patentability in New
Zealand is currently but I think the second comment in that thread has a clear
view on the matter.
The first comment is being deliberately misleading. There /are/ numerous actual
patents granted to ideas expressed purely in software, the famous Amazon One
Click shopping, or a patent on the progress bar (1984), 'Online Tests',
'Streaming Media', 'Online Gaming' being some examples. There are
thousands of submarine patents on things so general as 'the hyperlink', the
third-person view in 3D games, 'Multitouch' (Apple), for representing a
global position on a hand-held device etc.
The actual proposed patentability rarely conveys to hardware, it's
interoperation with the binary itself, methods of distribution and/or deployment
Here's a very good article in The Guardian on the topic, focusing on the impact
Software Patentability might have on the arts more generally:
On 4/04/2010, at 9:56 PM, Julian Oliver wrote:
> In the cold shadow of Internet Censorship comes some good news:
> software has
> been deemed unpatentable in NZ. Startups in NZ won't need to hire a
> coatrack of
> IP lawyers to protect them from patent trolls and hoarders (like IBM,
> Apple and
> Microsoft) before beginning development.
> The greater implications of this decision are much more significant:
> patentability of software is widely considered a vital precedent for
> patenting of mathematical algorithms, business methods, musical
> structures and
> literary forms.
> Julian Oliver
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