[FOSDEM] Help Stop EU Software Patents – Again

Richard Ibbotson richard.ibbotson at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 12:40:56 CET 2010


I don't know if this is suitable for this list.  However, there have 
been times in the past when we have discussed software patents at 


" However, that does not mean, of course, that the intellectual 
monopolists have given up: far from it. They have merely shifted their 
attack, and are now trying to use the proposed European Community 
Patent to create a backdoor for software patents across Europe:

The aim of creating a Community patent is to give inventors the option 
of obtaining a single patent which is legally valid throughout the 
European Union. The expected advantages of this system are a 
substantial reduction in patenting costs (in particular those relating 
to translation and filing), simplified protection of inventions 
throughout the territory of the EU thanks to one single procedure, and 
the establishment of a single centralised system of litigation. The 
creation of a Community patent system remains a sensitive issue as 
this dossier is still deadlocked after many years of discussions 
between the European decision-makers. "

I suppose that we might be able to discuss this further when Fosdem is 
running :)


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