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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My company wants to patent my software
by ac on Tue 19th Apr 2005 22:41 UTC

My company wants to patent some in house Linux software I wrote.

The story is that we are a Linux company have a new partner. We taught them a lot of stuff about our business and they went and started negotiations with another Linux company (our direct competitor). This a completely disgusting thing to do, but that's business.

We're obviously afraid that if they knew how our software worked they would just copy it and use our ideas for all their other partners. My boss thinks we should patent our software and sue them if they copy it.

To me that's fine. These guys are will absolutely try to screw us if we don't protect ourselves.

On the other hand, I'm opposed to software patents. Patents are meant to encourage people to write new software, but in this example they are only used to stop new software from being created.

In fact, software patents can only stop software from being written and can never encourage new software. In the open source world we love to write new software. This is why software patents are bad.