Hello my name is Alicia Murray and we will discussing Software Patents.
The article questions the opposition of software patents. He points that history shows the effectiveness of the patent system.
The reason why Campbell-Kelly points out these three main issues is because he believes history is just repeating itself. History has shown that patents is the best way to protect innovations. Campbell-Kelly also explains the argument against patent protection holds no merit. The article proves his theory by giving us examples of how ununique are software patents. When you read the article did you find anymore main points that repeated throughout the article?
I love the example of the typewriter example in the article because Campbell goes through a through account of the evolution of the typewriter. Campbell-Kelly also explains how the inventors tried to protect their inventions. Campbell-Kelly brings us back to reason why software patents process is no different then any other major innovation. The reason he walked us through the evolution of the typewriter was to show the reader the cumulative effect the technology. Software patents is no different office machine technologies and we should look at office machines technology as a model. Did you see any major differences between the evolution of the typewriter and the evolution computer software?
What is Campbell-Kelly’s feelings on trade secrets and copyright? Campbell-Kelly uses two example on property protection. One example was on trade secret. Trade secret became increasingly difficult because does not foster cooperation. Trade secrets is indirect contrast to cooperation. Why is that important to Campbell-Kelly Copyright protection is ineffectual. Why is copyright ineffectual.
These two cases helped usher in the rise of the personal computer. The cases help opened the door to what Campbell-Kelly states, “products that produced a new, and useful, and non-obvious technical effect.”
This was a great debate on the patent system and software patents. The motion for software patent is Bob Zeidmen and the person that was against the motion is Edward Lee. The debate took place at the Computer History Museum on August 24, 2011. Edward Lee posed two questions to Zeidman. 1. Shouldn’t innovation start in the classroom and not in the patent repository. 2. Software patents should have clear boundaries.
Does it look patents have stifled software development? This is just a fraction of software companies. Campbell states that 35,000 software companies exist. The article was written in 2005. In wikipedia, the U.S only there are approximately 93,843 companies.
Software patents are not that different other technologies. The patent system will eventually adjust to those technologies. Campbell-Kelly also points out the importance of patents and the patent system.
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Software Patents<br />By Alicia Murray<br />
Not all Bad: An Historic Perspective on software patents by Martin Campbell-Kelly<br />http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/dcs/people/martin_campbell-kelly/ retrieved 10/02/2011<br />
The three main issues<br />Software patents are no different from any other technologies and the patent system has to adapt to the new technologies.<br />Software patents are the best way of companies and inventors to protect their product.<br /> <br />Patents help to with the creative flow and aid in the growth of the industry.<br />(Campbell-Kelly 2005)<br />
Main Point 1example<br />Sholes & Glidden Typewriter, 1874<br />(officemuseum.comretrived 10/03/2011)<br />
Main Point 2 (Protection)<br />Trade Secrets<br />&<br />Copyright<br />
Main Point 3 (Landmark patent decisions)<br />Gottschalk v. Benson in 1972 <br />&<br />Diamond v. Diehr in 1981 <br />
The great patent debate!! <br />http://www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/marquette/activities/speech/Pages/Lincoln-DouglasDebateInformationandResources.aspx retrieved 10/2/2011<br />
Most Recent Software patent Debate<br />Computer History Museum<br />The Link to the debate: http://youtu.be/f6Dh5NjlZMk Retrieved 10/02/2011<br />
Do software patent stifle or promote creativity?<br />