Doug Ealey: Case G3/08 - Amicus Brief
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Date: 05 May 2009 15:15
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By contrast, in reality the open source movement and other small developers appear to be relatively unhindered by the existence of software patents, with a plethora of products available that are compatible with and replicate the functionality of big-name products such as iTunes (e.g. the application Songbird) or Microsoft’s flagship enterprise product Office (e.g. the application OpenOffice). In short, patents protect the type of software development that warrants serious investment whilst they do not hinder the type of software development undertaken by amateur enthusiasts, and acceding to an ideological bias against patents held by some of these enthusiasts is not in the interests of the software industry.
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