Colin Whittaker said:
> > That's this afternoon BTW. I'm certainly not going to be able to make it
> > :( but would anyone else be able to go along and ask a few pointed q's?
>> got a list of suggested questions handy
hmm... let's see. How's about:
- what is your position on software and business method patents, and their
legality in Europe, given that Ireland's patent office is supporting the
removal of restrictions on their patentability?
[if he sez it's a good thing, then go into the counter-examples:]
- Amazon's "one-click" patent
- BT's hyperlink patent
- Oracle and Adobe's previous statements that "patents on software are
more harmful than useful." (found 'em!!)
- Tim Berners-Lee's statement that "the bar for innovation seems too low.
You are able to take an existing social practice and write software to
do it and get a patent" and he added that "The challenge is to prevent
us from becoming completely paralysed by fear, uncertainty and doubt".
- the MIT paper that showed, using statistical analysis of innovation in
the software industry, that "broad and strong patent policies tend to
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