US court throws out most software patents

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    Searching_ _ _ Registered Member

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    Much of the patent portfolio of some of the world's biggest software companies has become worthless overnight, thanks to a ruling yesterday by the US patent court.
    The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in Washington DC has decided that in the future, instead of automatically granting a patent for a business practice, there will be a specific testing procedure to determine how patentable is that process.
    The decision is a nearly complete reversal of the court's controversial State Street Bank judgement of 1998, which started the stampede for patenting business practices.
    Randy Lipsitz, a patent specialist at Kramer Levin in New York, said the ruling is likely to hit certain industries very hard, especially insurance, banking, accounting, and software.

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    Oh no, Microsoft! My cracked copy of Windows XP Pro is now legal, I think.
     
  2. lodore

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    woot that means i can legally install OSX on my quad core desktop XD.
     
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    Not in the slightest. I think you need to learn about the difference between patents and copyright.
     
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