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Software patent does not have a universally accepted definition.[1] One definition suggested by the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure is that a software patent is a "patent on any performance of a computer realised by means of a computer program".[2][a 1]

There is intense debate over the extent to which software patents should be granted, if at all. Important issues concerning software patents include:

  • Where the boundary between patentable and non-patentable software should lie;[3]
  • Whether the inventive step and non-obviousness requirement is applied too loosely to software;[4] and
  • Whether patents covering software discourage, rather than encourage, innovation.[5]

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