A Perfect Example of What a Software Patent Should Be

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via Dustin Curtis

Talk

of software patents often comes up on the Vergecast (I'm looking at you Topolsky!). Poor Nilay is stuck defending the rights of software developers to be able to patent their software ideas. The problem is that some of these software patents are just so silly.

Luckily

I have ultimate proof that software patents can be justified. The pull to refresh patent owned by Twitter is a justified software patent. Pull to refresh is a brilliant solution to refreshing a list and was not obvious when it was invented. Because its both a great solution and wasn't obvious when it was invented, the owner of this patent should have the right to protect it / license it.

So There!

You guys may continue to discuss the validity of specific software patents on the show... but discussing the validity of being able to patent software is off limits! ;)