[nSLUG] Re: IEEE Spectrum articles on software patents
George N. White III
aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca
Wed Jul 27 20:34:07 ADT 2005
On Wed, 27 Jul 2005, Jason Kenney wrote:
>>> "The use of any inventive mathematical algorithm that requires more
>>> calculation than can be reasonably done by hand is now patentable."
>> So we can't patent zero because it's a pure abstraction.
>> But we can patent "nothing" because it requires for it's existence
>> something -- any commonplace object will do -- the absence of which is
> Uh, prior art?
Yes -- it would have to be an "inventive" kind of nothing, not just your
everyday kind of nothing that everyone has seen before.
George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
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