Patent examiners have relatively little time to review each patent, and wouldn’t have efficient entry to most prior artwork in software, which can make them grant patents for previously-published innovations or “obvious” inventions. The U.S. has granted a lot of software program patents, making it difficult and expensive to look at all of them. Recent rulings have strengthened the requirement for “non-obviousness”, which probably renders unenforceable some already-granted software patents, however presently it’s difficult to find out which of them are affected. As a end result, it’s tough to develop software and be assured that it doesn’t violate enforceable patents.
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