[Linux-aus] Fwd: Software patents

Glen Turner glen.turner at aarnet.edu.au
Thu Dec 22 16:52:01 UTC 2005

Andrew Donnellan wrote:
> What do you all think of this?

I think the economic utility test is highly subjective.

Why should I not be able to patent a computer language
method if that makes it faster to write computer

One of the first software patents in Australia was to
IBM for a method of drawing circles which was faster
on raster screens.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not for software patents.
I'm saying that this sort of subjective test leads
to a system which ends in tears.

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