USPTO Head Defends Software Patents Amid Smartphone Wars

By Ryan Davis (November 20, 2012, 3:38 PM EST) -- Patents on software are vital to the American economy and calls to abolish them are wrong, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos said in a speech Tuesday that also belittled claims that the smartphone wars show the patent system is broken.

Amid articles by technology writers and one prominent judge who say lawsuits involving Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and others illustrate that software patents are issued too easily and should be barred, Kappos said at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., that patent protection for software is "every bit as well-deserved" as earlier patents on...

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