Linked by Christian Schaller on Tue 19th Apr 2005 18:26 UTC
Legal We today face the risk of software patents being approved in the EU because not enough parliamentary members will be showing up to vote. Due to this it is important for those of us who oppose software patents to make sure EU parliament members see the damage software patents cause, so they realize it is important to be there to vote providing the needed absolute majority. But sending out a clear message is also important for the process of patent reform in the US and other places who have fallen into the trap of introducing them.
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RE: Examples!
by Metic on Tue 19th Apr 2005 19:41 UTC

...sorry, the last link I mentioned above didn't work.
So, the official US patent concerning double clicking (etc.):
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d...

Another example: Microsoft has been granted rights to the "IS NOT" operator commonly used in BASIC programming:
http://www.techimo.com/newsapp/index.pl?photo=12465

Really, how stupid can the USPTO (and the other people behind such decisions) get? And now the EU bosses want the EU to follow the USPTO stupidity... (sigh)