European Union Just Say No To Epatents
Posted on 26 Jun 2000
by Wolfgang Bromberger (wolf)
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As there are tendencies in Europe touse Software patents much the same way as it in the USA, there are interesting campaigns now starting against patenting of Software of Europe.
Do your best to support the issue, or did you know there is a patent at Quicksort for lists of cursors for sorting of objects (5175857), or the use of a diagram to show the length of sessions in a calendar tool (5247438).
Or the patent for a texteditor do usedifferent colors to show changes from one version to the next (4965765).
If you want to use one of this rather simple programroutines or similar in your own applications, you have to expect to pay license fees, or worse, have to chancel your application.
The number in clauses are US patent numbers you cancheck at http://patent.womplex.ibm.com/patquery if you do not believe it.
This madness is proposed to be imported to Europeduring this year- so it is time now to do something against it.
This also concerns publishers of Open Source Software.Learn more about this topic and what you can do at http://www.freepatents.org
There is also another petition to save SoftwareInnovation in Europe: NO ePATENTS
A Petition to Save Software Innovation in Europe
The Eurolinux Alliance of European
software companies and Open Source associations launches a pan-European petition to keep Europe free from software patents.
This petition is receiving growing support from commercial software
The EuroLinux Petition for a Software Patent Free Europe -
The EuroLinux File on Software Patents -
Intellectual Property Law in a Global Economy, the hidden patent agenda of the European Commission -