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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Change the patent system
by QuantumG on Tue 19th Apr 2005 23:28 UTC

Instead of complaining that patents are not suitable for software and demanding that the EU reject software patents outright, we should be telling our leaders how to change the patent system so it is more appropriate for software. For example, we could state that only peer reviewed novel algorithms could be patented, and we could reduce the term for which the patent is valid.