Simon Phipps: Seven Patent Reforms While We Wait For Nirvana
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Mar 2008 17:48
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
I spent a considerable amount of time (along with Mark Webbink of Red Hat) effectively lobbying against the "CII Directive" in Europe, and I regard the absence of software patents in most of Europe as a key factor in the growth of innovation through open source over here. The software industry flourished for years without them, and they promote greedy behaviour that chills innovation and retards the evolution of the 21st century's participative software industry. Having said that, I am also a realist. All the time software patents are allowed to exist, companies risk shareholder actions if they don't pursue them. Consequently, most companies of any size are accumulating patent portfolios that probably include software patents. As I wrote on Monday, what matters is what you do with them, and a great first step to controlling the risk they introduce is patent non-assert covenants.
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