Posts Tagged: computer software


Mark Cuban, a software patent troll who hates software patents

While hedging risk is a well known and widely accepted investment tactic, there is something rather bizarre about someone who is such a vocal critic doing exactly …

Mark Cuban: “Get rid of all software patents”

A dim view of software patents does not make Mark Cuban unique, but his latest foray into the patent debate does provide interesting insights into his arbitrary …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 117

It makes no sense for an algorithm to be unpatentable simply because it is implemented in software

KAPPOS: "Back when I was an engineer we saw it in mainframe computers where you’d make an invention and frequently initially the software wasn’t fast …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 50

The Case for Software Patentability, An Interview with David Kappos

KAPPOS: ''Companies like Microsoft and Apple and GE -- all of whom are members [of the Partnership for American Innovation] along with IBM, Ford, DuPont and Pfizer …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 10

Software Patents and Murphy’s Law: Uncertainty is Where Patentability Resides

It is not as easy to get software patents as it once was, but software is still patent eligible in the United States. Broadly speaking, software patents …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Picking winners and losers based on innovation design is unsound, unwise, and just plain stupid

On some basic level everything can be characterized as an idea. It is also all too easy for those who are not technically trained to believe, no …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 6

Patenting business methods and software still requires concrete and tangible descriptions

The key to obtaining a software patent is to thoroughly describe the system and processes from a technological level. As to Judge Chen explained in DDR Holdings, …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

John Deere, GM push back against consumer modifications of vehicle software

One of the more active areas during this round of public comments collected by the Copyright Office involves the prohibitions against circumvention for Proposed Class 21, which covers …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 13

How to Fix the Software Patent Mess: Go Back to Basics

If U.S. patent eligibility rules were more clear and predictable, the useful art of software development would be more prevalent. The “notorious computer” of the European …
By Bradley J. Hulbert
5 years ago 9

1998: Federal Circuit Says Yes to Business Methods

It is really incorrect to say that the Federal Circuit eliminated the business method exception in State Street Bank, although the same net effect admittedly occurred regardless …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 2

I Thought Banks Didn’t Like Financial Software Patents?

The big banks have backed Schumer for years, which makes sense since he is the senior Senator from the States of New York, which is where all …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 5

Federal Circuit Finds Software Patent Claim Patent Eligible

Of particular interest, the Federal Circuit found that the ‘399 patent constituted patent eligible subject matter, was not invalid and was infringed. This is big news because in …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 28

Freeman-Walter-Abele: A Tortured History of Software Eligibility

The influence of the thinking behind Freeman-Walter-Abele can also be seen in the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice. Thanks to Alice the focus is now on …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 6

The History of Software Patents in the United States

Software patents have a long history in the United States. Computer implemented processes, or software, has been patented in the United States since 1968... Originally in Benson, the …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 8

Software Forensics: Qualifying Tools and Experts Who Use Them

One of the big reasons there is such a need for software forensics is to interject objectivity into what is otherwise a battle of experts who are …
By Bob Zeidman
5 years ago 1