It sends shivers down my spine every time I hear the over-simplification “software is not patentable”. Also this time, so I had to write a longer than usual comment on LinkedIn. Here’s what I wrote:
It’s mindblowing how persistent this prejudice still is. In my experience, two main drivers are:
(1) Many software developers seem to underestimate their creativity and tend to reflect on their work like “aww, this is not an invention, everyone could have done that” (impostor syndrome, anyone?)
(2) Much dogmatic propaganda against “software patents” from certain angles, with a strange rationale that business assets like patents would somehow strangle the programmer’s freedom of expression
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong (H. L. Mencken). “Software is not patentable” falls into this category.