Articles

SOFTWARE PATENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC

Byline:

Jack George Abid

Issue:

VOL. XXIII • Summer 2005 • NO. 4 (table of contents)

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Cite as:

23 John Marshall J. of Comp. & Info. Law 815

Abstract:

This comment addresses and analyzes the state of software patentability in the United States (U.S.) and European Union (E.U.). This comment discusses policies that drive changes and developments in patent law, the technical background of software, and the non-patent intellectual property protection for software. The comment further addresses the judicial precedent and the situation surrounding software patents in the U.S. and the legal situation in the E.U., including proposed changes in the Software Patent Directive. Finally, the article discusses common criticisms of current U.S. policies on software patentability by exposing the problems created by these policies and suggests corrective policies in the future.

Author Footnote:

Jack George Abid, Juris Doctor candidate May 2006 University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law; Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2003; and Bachelor of Science in Physics, Jacksonville University 2003.

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