On Fri, 2004-08-06 at 11:48, Gerard Keating wrote:
IANAL I read this on a linux site yesterday and considered the following
to the be the case.
Software Patents are not legal in Europe.
Those that granted them should be sacked.
There should be a tribunal. <-- this is no joke, it should be done for
and on behalf of the European Court, with the intention of gather
evidence of wrong doing for future prosecution.
Those that paid for them have the money they already spent confiscated
as they knew the rules. If they object take more money from them.
When the risk assessment comes back it will say that there is no way to
insure that all software does not infringe a software patent, therefore
what is the real risk?
Munich gets sued by a monopoly, they can't do it at this time? So there
is no risk.
Personally I think that though it is unfortunate in the short term, in
the long term it has the potential to be great as it will put nails in
coffin of what used to be a corrupt practise in historical times of
granting monopolies to those that would pay the 'Crown' for them.
Today practise with patents is nothing like that which those that
created them intended. This is nothing to be emotional about, it has
every thing to do with business and the freedom to think, and evolve
your own business in the way that is best for it.
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