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* [Partly as summary to some earlier points] Most new invention ideas happen in direct response to some new social or economic context that become accessible to many people at around the same time. Shouldn't we all have our turn at the bat based on our ability to reason? Clearly a monopoly granting system seems wholly unsatisfying and surely stifling. Only one can be the first to the patent office with the full cash on hand. In the US, patent monopolies derive their legality from the Constitution only when they would "promote the progress of science and useful arts." For at least these reasons, software patents would be unconstitutional.
 
* [Partly as summary to some earlier points] Most new invention ideas happen in direct response to some new social or economic context that become accessible to many people at around the same time. Shouldn't we all have our turn at the bat based on our ability to reason? Clearly a monopoly granting system seems wholly unsatisfying and surely stifling. Only one can be the first to the patent office with the full cash on hand. In the US, patent monopolies derive their legality from the Constitution only when they would "promote the progress of science and useful arts." For at least these reasons, software patents would be unconstitutional.
 
* The now obvious "auto-filling" feature of spreadsheets is patented and not available in builds of free software office software for certain distributions.[https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=146883]
 
* The now obvious "auto-filling" feature of spreadsheets is patented and not available in builds of free software office software for certain distributions.[https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=146883]
* Working with even DRM-free DVDs is not legally possible without violating patented codecs.
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* Working with unencrypted (no copyright protection) DVDs is not possible without violating patented codecs.
 
* As of 2009, firms involved in developing [[HTML5|HTML]] as an open [[standard]] with embedded [[video]] support could not recommend a video format because of the risk of patent encumbrances.
 
* As of 2009, firms involved in developing [[HTML5|HTML]] as an open [[standard]] with embedded [[video]] support could not recommend a video format because of the risk of patent encumbrances.
 
* Most software patents describe the problem that the claimed "invention" solves but they don't detail *how* it is solved e.g. at least with design and implementation. As a result, all solutions to the problem are patented (and not just the one which is implemented by the patent applier).
 
* Most software patents describe the problem that the claimed "invention" solves but they don't detail *how* it is solved e.g. at least with design and implementation. As a result, all solutions to the problem are patented (and not just the one which is implemented by the patent applier).

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