The pace of change in the field of software and business method patents is rapid.
Local firms involved in producing new software must educate themselves about patents.
Conflicting government policies see support for both the patenting of technology and the use of open source software.
It is easier to obtain patent protection for computer software inventions in the US.
The software patent law situation in the US changed dramatically in 1998.
The South African Patents Act specifically excludes certain subject matter from being patentable.
Copyrights and patents differ in the domain of software.
Should software be patented, or free to the public?