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  Software Patents in the EU
Subject:   artificial distinction between hardware and software
Date:   2005-03-09 12:27:46
From:   Systems_Curmudgeon
Response to: artificial distinction between hardware and software

I agree that the distinction between hardware and softsare patents is rather arbitrary. I believe it would not have become a big issue, if patents for software had been issued sensibly.

We have a long history regarding hardware patents, and they tend to cover genuine inventions, useful or not.

Software patents applications tend to cover simple, obvious, general operations. If these had mostly been refused, there would be no need for a distinction.