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Business Model Patents Invalidated, Make Way For Innovation!

As a software developer, I have always despised patents on business models. They are a ridiculous waste of time, and hamper innovation. A method of buying something online is no more patentable than a new method of tying your shoes, and yet over 1300 of such patents have been issued. Well, fortunately that is no more.

Of course, those with now-useless pieces of paper will not go quietly into that good night, but I expect that this case will be upheld on appeal. Now other software developers can also use such innovations as the 1-click purchase, and naming your own price.

TechDirt has an excellent rundown on the whole issue.

[via TechCrunch]



  • Allan said:

    A tool that helps you to tie your laces in a unique new way could be patentable.  That's why the new test include a specific machine (tool) in order to qualify for business method.

    October 30, 2008 8:15 PM