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Patents: The patentability of software inventions: Computer-implemented inventions that are useful, new, and nonobvious may still not be patentable ¿ except, say courts, in certain cases

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Frank, Robert J. ; Stevens, Davis, Miller & Mosher

Are the originators of computer inventions entitled to patent protection? The answer to this question, which has spawned considerable confusion, controversy, and debate, depends on the answer to a related question: Is the programming of digital computers one of the useful arts? If the answer is no, an entire technological field may be excluded from the benefits of the patent system.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

April 1978

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