A Generation of Software Patents

This is an interesting paper that is worth reading – A Generation of Software Patents .

Some highlights from the paper: most software firms do not patent; most software patents are obtained by a few large firms (mainly for defensive purposes rather then to promote innovation); and software patents are more likely than other patents to be involved in litigation (and number of lawsuits have more than tripled since 1999).

Some other sites related to software patents:

http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/projects/lpf/Patents/patents.html

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