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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Patents resemble the cold war
by Albert on Wed 20th Apr 2005 07:36 UTC

I always thought that the patent portfolio standoff among the big companies very much resembles the cold war. Each of them has an extensive arsenal and one strike between two big players may well degenerate into a full scale war in the courts which would leave them all seriously damaged.

That's why the big players are wary of actually using patents, yet they feel the need to stock up ammo. Hopefully, just as the cold war eventually came to an end due to a higher understanding between opposing powers, so will the software patent standoff.

The resemblances with the cold war keep going. The big players aren't wary of using their arsenals to frighten the little people into submission; the entire situation has huge political and social ramifications; the ordinary people and employees live in fear of tomorrow, when the patent bomb mushroom may bloom on the horizon.