The relationship between software and business method patents

Posted by Anton Hughes on Monday, December 05, 2005 with No comments
Found in  this blog entry: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=1649
"Many people confuse the copyright that goes with source code with the patent rights that go with an invention.   The confusion comes from the idea phrase "patents on software."  It's a loaded phrase that can mean a lot of different things.  For example, protocols for interoperation such as TCP/IP and HTTP fall within the realm of software and such protocols could be patented (this becoming a patent on software).  But more often than not, software is an implementation of a business process and it's actually that process that's patented."