The Software Patent Debate


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Description: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 196-206, 2006


The recent demise of the proposed Directive on Computer-Implemented Inventions has overshadowed its complex background and the interplay of conflicting interests that it brought into play. Copyright (which already protects all software) and patent law (which protects much software in the United States but relatively little elsewhere) both have their strengths and weaknesses as legal rights. Little...


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