Despite the fact that most major patent offices around the world have been granting patents for at least some classes of computer-implemented inventions for over two decades, the patentability of software remains controversial and continues to receive regular attention from courts, legislators, and other interested parties.
As reported here last week, the New Zealand government appears to be pressing ahead with a move to significantly limit the scope of patentable software. This year, both the US Supreme Court (in Bilski v Kappos) and the European Patent Office Enlarged Board of Appeal (in G 0003/08) have been given cause to reconsider the issue, and in both cases elected to preserve the status quo, much to the consternation of software patent opponents.
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