software patent requirement

can we try to patent a software method that's already globally used but not patented yet?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Probably not.  Patents normally require that the idea not be obvious to an experienced practitioner of the art.  In addition, patents and copyrights are just aids to hiring lawyers to 'defend' your claims.  All the government does is make an official public record of your claim.  They do nothing else to help you defend it.
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rindiCommented:
Besides that, "patents" don't apply to software anyway. For software you'd rather be looking at copy-writes.
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nickg5Commented:
As rindi suggested it would be copyrights. Take a look here at the possible steps.
http://www.wikihow.com/Copyright-Software
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