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Have Ever wonder why so many software developers are so disturbed by software patents? Part of the reason is that according to the patent courts, language itself is now patentable. The patent courts now allow the languages used by software developers to be patented. Could you get any work done if you had to pay for every word you used? Think we're joking? Read on:

4.6 The Board is aware that its comparatively broad interpretation of the term "invention" in Article 52(1) EPC will include activities which are so familiar that their technical character tends to be overlooked, such as the act of writing using pen and paper.

Hitachi automatic auction method, T0258/03-3.5.1, Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office, pg. 16 (April 21, 2004); (PDF) (construing E.U. Patent Convention Article 52.)

Suggested further reading:

  • Patent Absurdity, by Free Software Foundation leader Richard M. Stallman, in The Guardian (June 20, 2005).
  • The Most Important Software Innovations, by David A. Wheeler, (May 25,2005) (concluding that nearly all true innovations in the software field were never patented).
  • Sequential Innovation, Patents, and Imitation, [PDF] by James Bessen and Eric Maskin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Economics Department working paper (January 2000) (concluding that software patent protection may reduce overall innovation and social welfare).
  • Art 52 EPC: Interpretation and Revision, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (web page collecting numerous legal papers tracing the patent courts' complete reversal of the European Patent Convention's provision prohibiting software patents.
  • Software Patent News, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure worldwide software patent news roundup with emphasis on Europe (updated daily; RSS feeds in several European languages).
  • GrokLaw - Patent Stories in the News, Groklaw worldwide patent news roundup with emphasis on North America (updated weekly; RSS feed in English available).

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