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QUOTE (poliss @ 24 Mar 2008, 15:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It is doubtful if computer programs can be patented. See the editors notes on this UK Gov website.
http://www.ipo.gov.uk/press/press-release/...se-20080318.htm
Copyright may be more applicable in this case. Copyright is free and automatic. See http://www.ipo.gov.uk/copy/c-claim/c-auto.htm for more details.
Even if they could, in the UK it's too late once a public disclosure has been made. In the US you have 12 months from first disclosure to file a patent.

Andrew Crosland
 
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