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Submission + - First Domino Falls in DNA Patents, Is Code Next ? (nytimes.com)

anonsdo writes: The NY Times reported here ( http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/nyregion/31about.html ) on invalidation of a group of DNA patents ( decision here: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20100329_patent_opinion.pdf ). The basis of the rejection was that "products of nature do not constitute patentable subject matter" (at page 107). This writer wonders what algorithms may be products of nature. Are there encryption algorithms that are products of nature, and therefore not patentable? How about memory storage devices? ...bus architectures? If we find parallels in nature to what we do in code, is it the ultimate "prior art"?

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