Re: FAT patents. Do we need to revive non-US?
Patents protect inventions, and improvements to existing inventions. 
"any new and useful process, machine, manufacture..."
Copyrights protect literary, artistic, and musical works. 
The World Intellectual Property Orgnization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty
deals with all computer programs as literary works (Article 4)
P.S. - IANAL
On Wed, 11 Jan 2006, Jochen Schulz wrote:
No, you are confusing the patent system with copyright. A patent covers
*an idea*, not an implementation.
Ideas are not patentable (in the USA).
You are probably right, I must have confused this. Although I find the
distinction not to be easy, at least when software patents come into
play. But you definitely have to come up with some soft of working
implementation, be it hard- or software, I agree.
Say, you are Shakespeare and hold a patent for a story about a girl and
a boy whose friends/families don't like each other. In the end, both of
them commit suicide. Now, only two years after your patent has been
No such patent could be granted in the USA. (I realize that you are
True. (And let's hope it stays the same)
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