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Software patents and the dependency problem

I've long taken a dim view of software patents. I wrote this piece as far back as 2003, arguing that Europe should avoid copying the American approach to software patents, both because they are unnecessary to spur innovation and because it would be useful for Europe to demonstrate why.

February 23, 2007 by

Europe: No patents for software

Software patent campaigners have reacted with surprise to an apparent change in the European Commission's stance on those patents.The Commission said last week that computer programs will be excluded from patentability in the upcoming Community Patent legislation and that the European Patent Office will be bound by this law.

May 24, 2006 by

More on software patents

Software patents are still in the news. The European patent directive continues to lumber forward, despite overwhelming opposition from groups on all corners -- excepting the big software companies that will win big if sofware patents become law in Europe as well as the U.

June 22, 2005 by

Rupert Goodwins' Diary

Tuesday 22/2/2005Trying to keep track of the slurry of outrage, double-dealing and antagonism over software patents is turning into a full time job. So far this week, there's been more confusion in Europe and a shock patent attack on stock market systems -- and it's only Tuesday.

February 25, 2005 by

The Free Software Foundation Europe working with WIPO

This is an interesting bit of news: The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has been granted observer status to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Here's what the FSFE has to say about its goals in working with WIPO:For anyone involved in questions of freedom in a digital age, such as Free Software Foundation Europe, WIPO is often at the root of current threats, such as software patents, the European Copyright Directive (EUCD) and others.

November 29, 2004 by

European software patents not pending

The convoluted politics of the new Europe have saved us from software patents. Thank you, Poland. Now we'll be able to see which is the best approach, that of the EU or the US

November 18, 2004

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