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  •  I don't know that ideas ever (3+ / 0-)
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    became patentable.  I think they just started getting patented nonetheless.  

    "Put your big-girl panties on and deal with it." -- Stolen from homogenius, who in turn stole it from a coffee mug.

    by Mother of Zeus on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 07:24:25 PM PDT

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    •  Software patents depend on the (7+ / 0-)

      idea that you can combine two nonpatentable things and come up with a patentable result. An algorithm + a "preferred embodiment" (meaning a computer) = a physical system that can be patented. For a long time most software patents dutifully included a drawing and description of a computer along with a minimally-detailed description of the algorithm to be embodied in it. I think they are starting to dispense with that fig leaf now, though.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:35:58 PM PDT

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