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[News] [Rival] Europeans See Software Patents as Damaging, Good for Monopoly Abuse

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Europeans See Software Patents as Damaging, Good for Monopoly Abuse
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 17:10:09 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Software patents are dangerous

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| I think European government should be aware of this wolf in sheep’s clothing 
| that patents may be for medium and little companies and they should avoid 
| software patents to be approved.   


"The European Patent Office is a Corrupt, Malicious Organisation Which Should
Not Exist"

                        --Richard Stallman

“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
make more money.

“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
defiance of the treaty that set it up.”

                        --Richard Stallman


Patent Differences: Canonical vs. Microsoft

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| I make no apologies for returning to the subject of the European Patent
| Office's referral of a “point of law” concerning software patents.
| Dull as many might find the intricate theoretical arguments, the outcome will
| have very real consequences. If software patents become easier to obtain, it
| will have a hugely negative effect on free software, which will find itself
| subject to more attacks on the legal front.
| Recently I commented on the submissions of Red Hat and the FSFE. The full
| list of “amicus curiae briefs” can be found here; I'd like to pick out those
| from two high-profile names for their contrasting positions: Canonical (the
| company behind Ubuntu) and Microsoft.
| Canonical's offering is very similar in tone to that of Red Hat: it's very
| matter of fact, written in a highly-accessible language that makes its points
| simply but effectively.


Software patents plot buried under amicus avalanche

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| The EPO's latest attempt to validate their widely criticized practice of
| software patenting has been met with a much stronger response than expected.
| This broad public interest comes in reaction to the referral on the
| patentability of software to the Enlarged Board of Appeal. The referral
| procedure allows interested third parties to file statements - Amicus Curiae
| Briefs - to present their views to the members of the board. The Enlarged
| Board of Appeals asked for such statements to be submitted by end of April
| and a total of 89 such statements have been published by the Register so far.


IAM exclusive - Brimelow to quit as EPO President

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| Alison Brimelow will not seek reappointment as President of the European
| Patent Office when her current term expires at the end of June 2010, it was
| announced today. Rainer Osterwalder, Director of Media Relations at the EPO,
| told IAM this afternoon: "Yes, I can confirm that Alison Brimelow has
| informed the EPO staff today that she will not seek an extension of her
| contract which ends on 30 June 2010."

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