How To Protect Computer Programs
A Case History Of The First Pure Software Patent
Hard Cover, 290 pages, 6 1/2 x 10 inches
Publisher: Law Publishers; ©1986, '83
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Asija developed a computer program that allows users to retrieve narrative
information from computers in a human-like manner. The program responds
to a user's questions with the most likely answer--despite the user's errors
in syntax, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. And the user does not need
any computer programming skills. Asija received U.S. patent #4,270,182 in
1981. for this program, "Swift-Answer(TM)."
Despite the subtitle,
this book is more than a "case history." It is also an organized
handbook of techniques and strategies for protecting software. This guide
covers all the legal methods of protection--with the emphasis on patents.
In addition, many practical technical methods of protection are covered.
These can be applied throughout the software development process. Patent
attorneys will find plenty of patent law precedents, while computer engineers
and software developers will find this book utilitarian, as well as, inspiring.
patents and utility patents all have their place in protecting software. As
a rule of thumb copyright protection is sufficient to protect a specific piece
of code and a patent is needed to protect the underlying algorithm. Design
patents are needed to protect programs embedded in integrated circuit chips
because utility negates copyright protection for chips [notwithstanding mask
works]. This is so because computer programs are authored, chips are designed
and algorithms are invented."
"The book is remarkable
in its lucidity and clarity in presenting even the most sophisticated computer
terms and algorithms. It is written in a simple language ... highly recommended
for institutional libraries, computer manufacturers and legal practitioners."
--Computer Society of India News
"...an entertaining book. It takes a subject that most people justifiably
feel is pretty dull (patent law) and makes it readable."
--Software Protection, journal from Law & Technology Press
Asija is an
energetic multi-talented patent attorney, inventor, computer scientist, professional
engineer, author, and speaker. Listed in "Who's Who in the World,"
Asija is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court, has developed award-winning
inventions, holds six patents, and is the author of four books and many other
articles. Asija has been inducted (1990) into the Hall of Fame for Engineering,
Science & Technology. He was a founding "SysOp" of the Ideas,
Inventions, & Innovations Forum on CompuServe.
This book was published
in 1983 and contains a 1986 supplement. Includes various appendices, charts,
and the extensive patent for Swift-Answer. ~
How To Protect Computer Programs: A Case History Of The First Pure Software Patent
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