Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login

I was sort of surprised at that logic. Aren't mathematical algorithms sort of different than software, especially in the context of what people are patenting? Like take the Angry Birds suit - the patent in question covers something about the way new level purchased, right? There is no one specific algorithm associated with that idea. Obviously, one needs to be implemented to get something working, but that's not what the patent is on. If you want to work on the theoretical level of "software is math", then aren't the patents in question on _classes_ of software, or on the effects of software, more than on the software itself?

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact