STOA: Policy options for the improvement of the European patent system
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 10 Jan 2008 13:11
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Thus, the possibility of extending what is patentable to new subject matters may be detrimental for the general progress of technology as a whole. This remark can also be applied to software. Software, very much like scientific instruments and biological matters, serves not only the purpose of immediate commercialization, but it is also at the basis of further software development. Accordingly, bits and pieces of existing programmes are taken by software developers worldwide to develop new software tools. Too strong IPRs on software and too strict enforcement may therefore, stifle this cumulative enterprise. Box 4 highlights some of the issues involved.
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