obliv!on writes: "As previously reported the White House has started to reply to petitions on the "We the people" website. They recently replied to the "Promoting Innovation and Competitive Markets through Quality Patents" petition. The response mentions the America Invents Act and encourages the use of the USPTO's open implementation website. "There's a lot we can do through the new law to improve patent quality and to ensure that only true inventions are given patent protection. But it's important to note that the executive branch doesn't set the boundaries of what is patentable all by itself. Congress has set forth broad categories of inventions that are eligible for patent protection. The courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have interpreted the statute to include some software-related inventions." The response goes on to denote some open source and open data initiatives in government. While it is nice to hear that the administration understands "concerns that overly broad patents on software-based inventions may stifle the very innovative and creative open source software development community." Yet the overall response redirects action to the petitioners through participating in the open implementation site and contacting Congress instead of a promise by the administration to prepare additional legislative measures for the Congress to consider on behalf of the petitioners to address the software patent issue."
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