"In the past I have send out more emails about software patents, Its simple software patents are bad. And in Europe there is a lobby from certain large companies that want to enforce there current position in the marketplace. In general for open source software such as Open Office, Firefox etc software patents are something which is not welcome… All software patents I have read so far are worthless. Yet the government approved monopoly. Especially when you live in Europe sign this petition: http://stopsoftwarepatents.eu/ And if possible put a banner on your website. And yes from a legal point of view the lobby from ffii.org and others was successful in putting a break on software patents. The European patent office may have handed out software patents. However with current legal framework in the European Union they are hard if not impossible to enforce."