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Software Rights: How Patent Law Transformed Software Development in America


ISBN13: 9780300228397
To be Published: January 2020
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £27.50



A new perspective on United States software development, seen through the patent battles that shaped our technological landscape This first comprehensive history of software patenting explores how patent law made software development the powerful industry that it is today. Historian Gerardo Con Diaz reveals how patent law has transformed the ways computing firms make, own, and profit from software. He shows that securing patent protection for computer programs has been a central concern among computer developers since the 1950s and traces how patents and copyrights became inseparable from software development in the Internet age. Software patents, he argues, facilitated the emergence of software as a product and a technology, enabled firms to challenge each other's place in the computing industry, and expanded the range of creations for which American intellectual property law provides protection. Powerful market forces, aggressive litigation strategies, and new cultures of computing usage and development transformed software into one of the most controversial technologies ever to encounter the American patent system.

Subjects:
Intellectual Property Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
Introduction
Code Made Tangible - 1945-54
From Antitrust to Patent Law at IBM - 1950-1966
The Myth of the NonMachine - 1964-1968
Antitrust Law and Software Sales - 1965-1971
Software Patents at the Courts - 1961-1973
Remaking Software Copyright - 1974 - 1981
Making Sense of Benson - 1976 - 1982
Hobbyists and Intellectual Property from Altair to Apple
Cloned Computers and Microchip Protection - 1981 - 1984
Look Feel and Programming Freedom - 1984 - 1995
Patent Enforcement and Software Embodiment - 1986 - 1995
Software Rights for a New Millennium - 1993 - 2000
Conclusion
Index