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05.14.07

Selected Quotes: Why Software Patents Must Not Exist

Posted in Patents, Quote at 10:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Well, every large program infringes lots of patents.
Microsoft has lots of patents. Most large programs, I would expect, infringe
some Microsoft patents. This just goes to show why software patents
shouldn’t exist.

             — Richard Stallman, in a very recent interview

The number [of patents] we found, to anyone familiar with this issue, is so average as to be boring; almost any piece of software potentially infringes at least that many patents. The point of the study was actually to eliminate the FUD about Linux’s alleged legal problems by attaching a quantifiable measure versus the speculation.

             —Dan Ravicher, an attorney and
                executive director of PUBPAT (the Public
                Patent Foundation), in a this new article

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3 Comments

  1. gpl1 said,

    May 14, 2007 at 11:52 pm

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    how about Bill Gates on software patents :)

    “If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete stand-still today. The solution … is patent exchanges … and patenting as much as we can… . A future start-up with no patents of its own will be forced to pay whatever price the giants choose to impose. That price might be high: Established companies have an interest in excluding future competitors.” Fred Warshofsky, The Patent Wars 170-71 (NY: Wiley 1994).

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 15, 2007 at 12:12 am

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    Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
    | that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
    | almost any participation by the small business community.
    |
    | Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
    | competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
    | large corporations and the patent industry.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
    | Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
    | But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
    | report in any way
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
    | said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
    | all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
    | those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.
    `—-

    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/99155/big-businesses-boast-of-patent-benefits-for-small-businesses.html

    Also notice the absence of small businesses in the following item:

    Commerce Secretary names Schramm to innovation panel

    ,—-[ Quote ]
    | He will be part of a lineup that includes the Microsoft Corp. CEO
    | Steve Ballmer, 3M CEO George Buckley, UPS Chairman and CEO Michael Eskew,
    | IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano and Wal-Mart Stores Vice Chairman John
    | Menzer.
    `—-

    http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/061206/1386414.html?.v=2

  3. Bill Murry said,

    August 5, 2007 at 1:13 pm

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    What are these guys at gianiji.com… jeez they are something. I took some advice from them… cool!

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