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[News] World Day Against Software Patents Already Supported by 80 Companies

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September 24 is "World Day Against Software Patents"

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| Brussels, 2nd September 2008 — A global coalition of more than 80 software 
| companies, associations and developers has declared the 24 of September to be 
| the "World Day Against Software Patents". Five years ago, on 24 September 
| 2003, the European Parliament adopted amendments to limit the scope of patent 
| law and thereby protect small software companies from the harmful effects of 
| broad and trivial software patents. A global petition asking to effectively 
| stop software patents worldwide will be launched on 24 September 2008, 
| together with specific additional requests for certain regions such as 
| Europe, the United States, or India.        
| On 24 September 2008, the World Day Against Software Patents will provide 
| volunteers with the opportunity to express the growing concerns of users, 
| businesses and developers. The granting of software patents by patent offices 
| around the world affects their freedom to innovate. The organisers expect 24h 
| of activities across the globe. Volunteers will gather in front of patent 
| offices to inform the general public of the problems underlying software 
| patenting.      



Ending Software Patents

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| There are several organizations who are taking on specific bad patents but
| ESP is unique in that it is activitely working toward the abolition of
| software patents in the United States. While the organization is focused on
| work in the US, it's deeply important globally -- much of the world's patent  
| law is "exported" from the US.  


Patents, Microsoft, and the Future

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| Fact: According to the latest annual report on patents released this month,
| the number of patents awarded in 2007 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
| was down a full 9.5 percent from 2006’s all-time high. In addition, some 80
| percent of the companies on the list of top recipients (including IBM,
| repeating for its 14th straight year at the top of the list) received fewer
| patents than they had the year before.  Only one American company in the top
| 25 earned more patents in 2007 than it had the year before: Microsoft.

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