Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Financial Times on EU software patent discussion

Another article which demonizes Amazon's one-click patent.

from ft.com:

-->This overblown affair stems essentially from the recent tendency of the European Patent Office to follow the pernicious US practice of issuing patent protection not only to new software applications, but also to pure software, such as algorithms, and so-called business methods such as Amazon's one-click payment process; while ingenious, this hardly counts as a genuinely new invention. Almost everyone agreed that the EPO was being too generous in granting such patents, and even the new patent holders felt frustrated because many national courts in the EU refused to enforce their patents.<--


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