The Corner

Re: Patent Problems

Ramesh–Tim Lee’s article is spot-on. I can tell you from experience that software patents are on balance a net negative for most small, innovative software companies; that so-called “business method” patents are a joke; and that the bar on obviousness has to be raised substantially. A cynic might be forgiven for arguing that the patent system, at least in this area, now operates primarily for the benefit of the patent bar.

Jim Manzi is CEO of Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), an applied artificial intelligence software company.

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