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This page documents why software is not like pharmaceuticals, hardware, or other domains where ideas can be patented.
Note: this is ''not'' a page about why software ideas shouldn't be patentable.
Some people think that patents are good for these other domains ([[Harm caused by all types of patents|others disagree]]), and that patents must then also be good for software.  This page documents why each domain is different and why positive effects in each domain don't necessarily translate to software.
This page documents why software can be treated as a distinct domain i.e. why the patent system doesn't necessarily produce the same effects for software as it does for mechanical engineering or pharmaceutical research.
Conversely, software is similar to innovative, patent-free fields such as [[Storyline and fashion patents|literature, film and fashion]].
Conversely, software is similar to innovative fields such as [[Storyline and fashion patents|literature, film and fashion]].
==Studies on usage patterns==
==Studies on usage patterns==

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