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Why the Idea of the Software Patent Does Not Fly

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody -  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the growing threat of software patents in Europe (again). I was delighted to come across this reply from Martin Goetz, who wrote:

On April 22nd I read Glyn Moody's Computerworlds.UK blog Software Patents Storming Up the Agenda Again and several thoughts immediately struck me. For one, he was factually wrong on several fronts. Secondly, it reminded me of an article I just published in the US that discussed machine translation. That’s the main argument made by Mr. Moody that the European Inventor award should not be given to a group that invented a phrase-based machine translation using a statistical approach. I also was struck by his comment “The inclusion of a pure software patent (the machine translation patent) in the European Inventor Award shortlist is a real slap in the face of European companies and citizens, and looks like a calculated provocation from the EPO.

So, where did I go wrong?