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Science Fiction's Verdict on Patents? Guilty.

Is it the beginning of the end for the patent system? Last week, a US Court of Appeals decision eliminated most patents on business methods and software, but some still feel that the very system meant to reward inventors is stifling innovation. Many a scifi plot has hinged on who owns a particular technology, and it… » 11/01/08 12:30pm 11/01/08 12:30pm