ADDING LINKS IS TEMPORARILY BLOCKED - if you want to add a link, just put a space in it so that it doesn't work. The admin will then fix the link for you very quickly. This will be fixed as soon as I have the new spam blocking system in place.

SitemapCountriesWhy abolish?Law proposalsStudiesCase lawPatent office case lawLawsuits


General introduction

From en.swpat.org
Jump to: navigation, search

Patents are twenty-year monopolies on the use of an idea. In some fields, they might encourage production and development of things that are useful for society. In the field of software, they cause great harm to individuals' freedom, to the progress of software, and to the economy.

Understanding patents becomes harder when people talk about "intellectual property" - that term is overly broad and includes laws that have nothing to do with patents, such as trademarks, publishing rights, geographic designations, and copyright. When talking about patents, the sensible term to use is: "patents".

[edit] What is a patent? What aspects do they have?

A patent is a right to exclude others from using the defined idea.

They have a duration, almost always of 20 years.

They have a scope, what acts they restrict with respect to the claimed idea.

They have a breadth, the range of variations that are covered, for the given idea, by the patent.

[edit] Related pages on en.swpat.org

[edit] External links


This wiki is part of the End Software Patents (ESP) campaign (donate). For more information, see:
>> endsoftwarepatents.org (Main ESP website) <<
>> endsoftwarepatents.org/news (News) <<

This wiki is publicly editable. (See: en.swpat.org:About) It's a pool of information, not a statement of ESP's views or policies, so no permission is required. Add your knowledge! (See: Help:How to make a good contribution)