Subject Re: [Firebird-Architect] Re: Additional index kinds like R*Tree for Firebird
Author Paul Ruizendaal
On Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:12:26 -0500, Jim Starkey <jstarkey@...>
> "Ideas can be patented, but that is a different issue."

I believe that statement to be incorrect. The US Supreme Court last June
once again confirmed that abstract ideas cannot be patented. Although it
refrained from making the "machine or transformation test" the absolute
test, it did rule that it was a very important test with only exceptions in
edge cases. This ruling made the landscape in the US pretty much identical
to the legal landscape in the EU.