Have you ever thought about patenting a pop up note, an online poll, a leaderboard in an online game, or a system where you open apps by clicking icons? I have some bad news for you – it’s impossible. Not because the claim is stupid, it’s just that all of those things are already patented (take a look here, here, here, or here).
And it’s all fun and factoids, until one day you find yourself in the role of a software start-up, looking down the long black tunnel of software patenting, leading from Happy Town to Reality Check Station in Breakdown City.
Debates about the software patenting system come and go, sometimes ramping up in a brief controversy, when two giants battle it out in public, throwing patents in each other’s faces. Films are being made (you really have to check this one out), articles are being written, and the internet public learned to treat the software patent debate like something constant, similar to the internet browser race, or regular hardware releases. Seemingly, nothing changes.
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