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There are not only crazy software patents. The following link also shows how permissive the patent area is for nonsense patents to be granted

(Australian patent for the wheel, 2000 ac. not bc.!) http://www.ipmenu.com/archive/AUI_2001100012.pdf

This was our Theme of the Month in april/may 2004:

Protest against legalizing software patents in the EU

Unfortunately this will be a theme for a while :-(

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  • Keep American-style trivial patents out of Europe!(See examples below)
  • Software Patents Hurt Small Business(Even with big companies, it turnes out that they are only good for
    • patent attorneys
    • blocking innovation
  • Coding is not a Crime(You may sued for your own ideas, patenting of trivial things is like placing anti-person mines against ideas)
  • We are NOT against copyright. We respect the copyright of others and we want ours to be respected!!

Some bad examples of trivial software patents(already patented in US) upload:dialogue.jpg

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More information about the harmful effects of software Patents http://www.ffii.org

See a summary of commonly used technology(Example Webshop) and the related already comitted software patents behind http://webshop.ffii.org/#pat14

Did you know that Microsoft invented the Isnot-Operator? http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220040230959%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20040230959&RS=DN/20040230959

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