Today I came across a website of the US Patent Office about a patent. Unfortunately the image server requires a plugin that is not provided for computer platforms as common as Ubuntu.
-- Patent Image I wanted to get
Now, I am no US citizen but the same often happens in Europe as well. The European Parliament is currently petitioned with the campaign
to prevent the same problem to occur in Europe.
Citizens and stakeholder groups should not have to use the software of a single company in order to communicate with their elected officials or participate in the legislative process.
All companies should be given the chance to compete freely for contracts to supply ICT services to the European Parliament.
I am a citizen of the EU, and I want the European Parliament to adopt the use of open standards and to promote interoperability in the ICT secto
But what when I would face the same problem with European patent databases provided by the European Patent Office? What a pity that even European Union regulation would not affect the European Patent Office as it is not part of the EU and not under control of any parliament.