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Re: Strawmen and Urban Legends

From: robertplattbell
Subject: Re: Strawmen and Urban Legends
Date: 3 Jan 2007 06:01:39 -0800
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> The EPO is already doing a great job as far as "software patents" are
> concerned.

Yes, they reject most of them.  In many overseas countries, the idea
that software being Patentable is only slowly being accepted.  At the
time the U.S. finally stopped pretended these Patents weren't issuing
and addressed the issue head on, our European counterparts were still
saying "NO patents on Software!".

A decade later, they are realizing their error.

I am not sure where you guys have been for the last 20 years, but this
is an OLD, OLD issue.  Patenting of Software is no longer up for
discussion, it arrived in 1995.

So get over it.  It hasn't "destroyed" the software business.  In fact,
it has protected many small developers from larger companies, like

If you don't have a Patent on your software invention, Bill Gates can
take it, for free, and give you NOTHING in return.

Patents protect the little guy.

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