The Houston Business & Tax Law Journal plans to hold a symposium in October on the patenting of tax strategies, an idea that has already generated some controversy among patent defenders and critics.

While patents used to be considered exclusively the province of inventors (think here of Thomas Alva Edison), more and more patents have come to be issued around business methods and software concepts that have little to do with physical inventions. Over the years accountants and financial advisors have come up with any number of strategies for saving on taxes, hopefully legal ones.

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