• "There is no authority that we know of which permits software per se to be considered statutory [patentable subject matter]." —-Patent Office board of administrative judges, October 2007 (source PDF)
  • Portion of patents granted every year by the Patent Office that are software patents: 15% (Bessen and Hunt, 2004)
  • Websites that may be violating a software patent as of January 2007: 155,583,825 (Netcraft)
  • "If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today." —Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft (cited in this New York Times op-ed.)
  • Estimated economic benefit from software patents, as calculated by several pro-software patent economists: $0. (See the list of null results on the resources for economists page.)
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