IDEA (was: Re: Decryption problem)

Roger Burton West
Wed, 15 Sep 1999 22:53:09 +0100

On Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 04:51:59PM -0400, John Watson wrote:

>I don't think that algorithms are patentable under US Patent law either. However, the
>US Patent office is broken, and has been broken for some years. The US Patent office
>has been regularly giving out patents on unpatentable items such as algorithms
>and 'Save As' dialogs. :)
Yes; the office has, I believe, explicitly stated that its policy is to grant patents in dubious cases, and wait for them to be challenged in court. -- Roger Burton West -/- -/- ICQ UIN 48964316, occasionally The Tygers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction.