Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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> The Economic Impact of Software Patents
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> | The UK's Patent Office ? which now goes by the awful name of UK
> | Intellectual Property Office, which means it's really the UK
> | Intellectual Monopolies Office ? is a curious beast. On the one hand, as
> | its name suggests, it's tied into one of the biggest confidence tricks
> | around, dressing up conceptual mutton as intellectual lamb. On the
> | other, there are odd outbreaks of sanity that suggest someone in there
> | understands some of the deeper issues concerning software patents.
> | [...]
> | It's not coincidence that Microsoft still maintains that GNU/Linux
> | infringes on some 200 of its sacred software patents ? and yet is
> | strangely coy about naming them, since it doesn't want its bluff called.
Well if any company in the EU is declared by micoshaft to be infringing,
then micoshaft would have allowed themselves to be put under the mercy of EU
courts. In EU, you must remove the offending items from web shites
and pampflets and agree not to make such allegations or risk huge
fines and other legal remedies as SCO$ found out.