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[News] Europe Under Fresh Attack by Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] Europe Under Fresh Attack by Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 08:53:24 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The G3/08 referral in the Blogs


German software patents are a sad day for software

,----[ Quote ]
| Those members who know me well will be 
| aware that one of the main reasons that I 
| originally got involved with the Pirate 
| Party was because of its support for 
| patent reform, and in particular its 
| opposition of software patents. Today is 
| a sad day for software in Europe; the 
| German High Court has now effectively 
| declared software patentable without any 
| meaningful limits. It's especially bad 
| news for Free and Open Source Software 
| (FOSS).
| [...]
| As a Free Software developer, I'm 
| particularly worried, because Free 
| Software can only work when anyone can 
| use the software and distribute it to 
| others. Due to software patents in the 
| USA, there is a whole bunch of 
| functionality that was â or still is â 
| impossible for Linux distributions to 
| offer "out of the box." These include 
| such basic features as watching DVDs and 
| Internet video, creating and listening to 
| MP3s, and working with JPEG2000 images. 
| In all these examples the patents cover 
| mathematical algorithms for encoding and 
| decoding data. What makes things worse is 
| that FOSS developers are blamed for the 
| lack of these, even though they've 
| written the code and it works perfectly 
| well.


German Court Effectively Opens The Floodgates By Saying Software Patents Are Legal

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| So, as we sit and wait in the US for a 
| ruling on Bilski, hoping (but doubting) 
| that it will greatly curtail software 
| patents, Germany is going in the opposite 
| direction. 


Mueller: German high court declares all software potentially patentable


German Court Declares Software Patents Legal

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| A German court has found in favour of 
| Siemens, in a case that critics say will 
| allow patentability of any kind of 
| software in that country, contrary to the 
| stated policy of the European Union.
| The ruling allows Siemens a patent for a 
| âclient-server software for the automatic 
| generation of structured documents (such 
| as XML or HTML)â according to analysis by 
| open source campaigner Florian Mueller on 
| the FOSS Patents blog. The full court 
| statement has been published by End 
| Software Patent



German appeal court upholds Microsoft FAT patent

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| The German appeal court has overturned a
| decision by the German Federal Patent Tribunal
| to declare Microsoft's patent for the File
| Allocation Table (FAT) file system invalid. In
| judgement number X ZR 27/07, handed down on
| Tuesday, the tenth civil division of the
| Karlsruhe-based court confirmed the
| enforceability of the company's commercial
| rights in Germany. It has not yet published
| its reasoning, but has confirmed the decision
| in a short press release (German language
| link).


Microsoft gets its FAT Patent back in Germany

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