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So ive been creating programs for work and myself. However i have never patented or encrypted a program. I was wanting to know if some of you can lead me in the direction to learn more about this. Educate me please!!
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Why are you wanting to patent your software? Do you mean copyright?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_patent <-- You could start here and see if your programs would qualify.

Without knowing exactly what programs you are making, here is some good information regarding copyright vs patent:
"Protection by patent protection and copyright constitute two different means of legal protection which may cover the same subject-matter, such as computer programs, since each of these two means of protection serves its own purpose.[35] Software is protected as works of literature under the Berne Convention. This allows the creator to prevent another entity from copying the program and there is generally no need to register code in order for it to be copyrighted.

Patents, on the other hand, give their owners the right to prevent others from using a claimed invention, even if it was independently developed and there was no copying involved. In fact, one of the most recent EPO decisions T 424/03 clarifies the distinction, stating that software is patentable, because it is basically only a technical method executed on a computer, which is to be distinguished from the program itself for executing the method, the program being merely an expression of the method, and thus being copyrighted.

Patents cover the underlying methodologies embodied in a given piece of software, or the function that the software is intended to serve, independent of the particular language or code that the software is written in. Copyright prevents the direct copying of some or all of a particular version of a given piece of software, but do not prevent other authors from writing their own embodiments of the underlying methodologies. Copyright can also be used to prevent a given set of data from being copied while still allowing the author to keep the contents of said set of data a trade secret."

Unless you have written revolutionary new ways to solve problems you may be better off sticking to copyright.
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copyright indeed!!
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You can try and patent software. Just don't be surprised when every other programmer in the world spits in your face.
    
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