sambc at sambc at
Wed Aug 29 10:39:12 UTC 2001

>> In Europe at least, software under patent is legal fact, not opinion.
>> Software processes are not patentable except as a part of an overall
>> non-software process - each case seperately considered.
>See what I wrote above - "*should* software methods be patentable..."
>In Europe, there's a legal decision, which has no bearing on individual
>decisions.  Just like everywhere else.

Yes, you can ave an opinion, but it will do no good. In europe you cannot patent an entirely software process, nor can you patent an algorithm (as all algorithms are deemed to be natural) - you can patent implementations of algorithms, but not if they are software. IANAL, but I have looked into this deeply and spoken to people who AAL.

Sam Barnett-Cormack

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