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+ - No Change Yet: White House replies to Software Pat->

ninjagecko writes: In what sounds very much like a canned response or a "yes we are aware of the sounds coming out of your mouth", the White House has issued a reply to the "Direct the Patent Office to Cease Issuing Software Patents" petition, retortingly titled "Promoting Innovation and Competitive Markets through Quality Patents", written by the office of the "CTO for Jobs and Competitiveness" at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

In nearly every paragraph of the response, the office manages to imply the petition is misguided and incorrect, implying that the real issue is so-called "overly broad patents", while pointing out the merits of the (insufficient) America Invents Act. There is a paragraph noting that blame also falls onto Congress, and allegedly the Supreme Court as well.

The response also lauds the government's increased use of open source. Perhaps the government will listen when patent trolls arrive on its doorstep, or when foreign interests block the government from using certain types of software or user interfaces, perhaps allowing it with royalties. Until then, there is always https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/actually-take-these-petitions-seriously-instead-just-using-them-excuse-pretend-you-are-listening/grQ9mNkN

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