White House: don’t blame us for software patents

The Obama administration has started an official petition website called “We the People,” in which Americans can propose and vote on petitions for consideration by the White House. Petitions that cross a popularity threshold (originally 5,000 signatures within 30 days) get an official response from the White House.

This being the Internet, one of the first petitions focused on software patents, asking President Obama to “direct the patent office to cease issuing software patents and to void all previously issued software patents.” The White House issued its official response on Tuesday. After touting the recently passed America Inevents Act, Obama technology advisor Quentin Palfrey says the executive branch’s hands are tied:

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