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Software Patents Too Slow To Keep Up With Software Innovation? NOT!

This posting is for those that say software innovation moves too fast to be protected by a slow moving patent system.  The demo in the hyperlink below was presented to about 1000 computer professionals in Silicon Valley in 1968.  Englehart has been a prolific inventor in computer sciences of everything from the mouse to GUI to word processing, and it’s all on this demo.  Nearly 50 years later the mouse-driven, word processing interface lives on.  Had Englehart filed a patent in 1968 it would have been nearly expired by the time the technology he invented made it to the commercial market.

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Steven Lundberg, Schwegman Lundberg Law Firm, IP Attorney

Steven Lundberg is a registered patent attorney and a founding partner of Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner. His practice is focused on patent protection for software, medical and telecommunications technology, and related opinion and licensing matters. Steve received his B.S.E.E. in 1978 from the University of Minnesota, and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1982). He has published and spoken widely on software and electronic patent protection, is active in the Computer and Electronics Committee of the American Intellectual...