Against Software Patents
February 28, 1991
The League for Programming Freedom
Software patents threaten to devastate America's computer industry.
Patents granted in the past decade are now being used to attackcompanies
such as the Lotus Development Corporation for selling programs
that they have independently developed. Soon new companies will often
be barred from the software arena--most major programs will require
licenses for dozens of patents, and this will make them infeasible.
This problem has only one solution: software patents must be eliminated.
Table of Contents:
- The Patent System and Computer Programs
- Absurd Patents
- What Is "Obvious"?
- Patenting What Is Too Obvious to Publish
- Why Software Is Different
- The Danger of a Lawsuit
- Patent Searches Are Prohibitively Expensive
- Patent Searches Are Unreliable
- Obscure Patents
- Patent Licensing Has Problems, Too
- The Fundamental Question
- In Software, Independent Reinvention Is Commonplace
- Overemphasis of Inventions
- Impeding Innovation
- Could Patents Ever Be Beneficial?
- Software Patents Are Legally Questionable
- One Way to Eliminate Software Patents
- What You Can Do
- Fighting Patents One by One
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