The Reason TPP Does Not Discuss “Software Patents”

Article – Martin Goetz The Reason TPP Does Not Discuss Software Patents is Because the Term is Meaningless. Martin Goetz The Reason TPP Does Not Discuss “Software Patents” is Because the Term is Meaningless. Martin Goetz The Press Release by the New Zealand Labour Party “Govt must clarify if software patents are in TPP” that Scoop published on 14 October has many misconceptions about software patents as well as NZ’s 2013 Patent Act. The press release confuses “software patents” with “software-based inventions”. This confusion has existed for many years around the world, including in the United States. In the US and in NZ, one can copyright a computer program to guard against unauthorized copying. But that copyright has absolutely no connection or relationship to a software-based invention. This is not a subtle distinction, and I and others have written extensively to try to make lawmakers, the media and others recognize that difference. Recently I sent a letter sent to Tim Groser, Minister of Trade in which I thought it important for NZ to review its 2013 Patent law in which it attempted to distinguish between A process that may be an invention from A process that is not an invention. Your current 2013 law requires the software (the process) to be inventive but tied to a manner of manufacture, e.g., a washing machine. In the US, there is absolutely...

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