Patently Unpatentable: Federal Circuit is Trying to Develop New Test For Patentability

20. October, 2012

One of the old problems for patent office or a court is to determine whether a patent is patentable. “‘Laws of nature, natural phenomena and abstract ideas’ are not patentable under US law – but their particular inventive application is.” (source)

But with lawsuits like Apple vs. Samsung (great coverage on groklaw), it’s becoming obvious even for the hard-core patent defenders that things must change.

The Federal Circuit is now trying to come up with a test that answers whether software is patentable or just an abstract idea.

Maybe they should check this article on groklaw: What Does “Software Is Mathematics” Mean? – Part 1

 


Patently Unpatentable: Put a Camera Into the Headlight

19. October, 2012

Simple idea: If you exit a tight side street with high walls on both sides, you can’t see the traffic coming from the sides.

If there was a camera in the headlights of your car, you could see around the corner without exposing more than a few centimeters of your car.

Other interesting technologies: