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Not So Easy to Answer
- Computer programs, including apps, use mathematical algorithms which are considered laws of nature.
- Laws of nature cannot be patented.
- Computer programs can be copyrighted.
- The operations that computer programs perform can often be patented.
- For a detailed discussion about the patentability of computer programs, read Patent-Eligible Inventions, excerpted from the book, Introduction to Intellectual Property.
The First Software Patent