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November 26th, 2012

Software Patents and Innovation

On November 20, 2012, United States Patent & Trademark Office Director David Kappos delivered a keynote address to the Center for American Progress regarding software patents and the current smartphone “patent wars.” The Director’s speech defended the patentability of software (so long as couched in terms of a process or apparatus) but appeared to indicate that challenges remain for the examination and enforcement of such innovations.  The full speech may be reviewed here.