""It will be a landmark case with a sizeable effect on the interpretation of patent law even beyond Europe," said Thomas Vinje, an intellectual property expert and partner at the law firm Clifford Chance. Pieter Hintjens, a prominent campaigner against software patents during the political debate in 2005 and founder of software company Imatix, welcomed Brimelow's decision. "The (EPO) has resisted doing this for many years. In the past it didn't want to clamp down on software patent applications for economic reasons: The EPO makes money from patent applications and renewals. Brimelow at last is taking a healthier approach, prioritizing the long-term interests of society ahead of the short-term financial ones," Hintjens said."