Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A year after Alice's Restaurant, some companies still want to patent math (AP material, of course)

Electronic Frontier Foundation has an article looking at the patent world “post” Alice v. CLS Bank, in a post by Vera Ranieri June 23, here. The “BSA”, which does not stand for Boy Scouts of America, wants to keep the right to software patents based on mathematical algorithms, but EFF maintains that patentability is not necessary for innovation.

You would wonder if this ruling could affect something like quantum computing, which is based on mathematical derivations, and maybe the next major step in super-fast processing (now of great interest to the NSA). 

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