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May 2, 2005
Process Patenting the Internet
George Pike has an intro-level article in InformationToday titled "Patenting the Internet" that points out a trend towards issuing of process patents on basic 'net behavior such as streaming video. The article focuses primarily on an introduction to the difficult patent notion of "novel" and "non-obvious" as these are often contentious claims particularly when people take existing business practices and try to patent them as new just because they've been moved to the 'net.
It's a good intro to the basic concepts of what ought to be patentable, and notes the recent flood of "Internet"-related patents, though it doesn't mention the growing concerns about patent quality. The bottom tagline promises an upcoming discussion of Global Technology vs. Local Patent Standards, which could also be interesting.
posted by Alan Wexelblat |
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