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Friday, December 30, 2005

Debunking Software Patents has an editorial which rips it's way through myths about software, and video game in particular, patents:

Myth #1. Video games are just computer programs, and you can’t patent those, right?

Many in the industry feel that games are simply software, and that they cannot be patented. This is untrue. To the contrary, patents may be obtained on “anything under the sun that is made by man,” and computer programs are no exception.

Indeed, the Patent and Trademark Office has expressly stated that “computer programs embodied in a tangible medium, such as floppy diskettes, are patentable subject matter.” This means that you can patent that game disc, or the computer system’s memory that has the game software loaded. You can also patent a method or process performed by a game, as instructed by the object code executing on a computer or game console.
-- Patent Myths Revealed

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