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For most patent lawyers specialised in software, the patentability of software ideas is essential for the existence of their jobs. Their input is very valuable because they are experts in the field, but their financial interest in the pro-software-patent side of the debate must be kept in mind.
If the encouragement of patenting and of patent litigation as industries in themselves were a purpose of the patent system, then the case for construing the [exclusion] categories narrowly (and indeed for removing them) is made out.
 Support exceptionally high among patent lawyers
When the European Commission held its Consultation Paper on the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions in 2000, 6% of replies were in favour of software patents, but among respondents who identified themselves as "IP professionals", that rate was 77%.
This is just a quote from one patent attorney, but it may explain the mentality of many:
Whether anyone likes it or not, regardless of the outcome of Bilski at the Supreme Court software will remain patentable. Patent attorneys have always been at least one step ahead, and even if the Supreme Court tries to kill software patents we will figure out a way to characterize it so that it will be patentable.
 Related pages on en.swpat.org
- Which sectors are for and against?
- Dan Ravicher a patent lawyer that campaigns against software patents
- 2009-09-26: The Arguments For Patents for Business Methods and Software-Implemented Inventions, by "IP attorneys" Steven J. Henry and Eric L. Amundsen
- 2009: Software Patents in Ireland, by Barry Moore (Ogg audio)
- Sawyer Weighs In On Intellectual Ventures, February 2010, critical piece by Brad Feld and an unnamed patent lawyer friend
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