That's even crazier than software patents. Those laws basically say that math is a weapon!
Math isn't an invention: it's a discovery, it exists whether someone discovers it or not. And it's also universally available, it's public domain.
Like those politicians that advocate to fight strong cryptography and to put backdoors in cryptographic systems - but the keys will be available "only to us!" - have no idea what they're talking about and are outright dangerous to the public.
Sorry for my little rant and congratulations for your new position. I'm sure you'll fight the good fight :)
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