“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to make more money.
“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in defiance of the treaty that set it up.”
Summary: More brainwash from Microsoft’s front group, the BSA (with former employees of Gates Senior); Europe’s patent office — not Europe itself — may be having problems
COMPARED to the rest of the world, Europe is doing pretty well (financially too) and China, where intellectual monopolies are mostly disregarded, has many countries owing it money. We don’t want to turn this into a discussion about national debts, but the point we are trying to make here is that the BSA, a Microsoft front group with Gates (senior) connections [1, 2] that’s quietly attacking Free software across the world this year [1, 2, 3, 4], is simply delusional. We have already shown that the BSA lobbies to legalise software patents in Europe [1, 2, 3, 4].
“We have already shown that the BSA lobbies to legalise software patents in Europe.”For a software developer, there are many advantages being located in Europe. It protects the developer from a lot of spurious lawsuits and in Europe there are very few patent trolls. Nevertheless, according to the BSA’a policy, “The business environment in Europe characterized by low numbers of IT patents was identified as holding Europe back.” Is that so? The author of Against Monopoly says that we shouldn’t take US patent law seriously “because it takes well over 8 years of litigation and thousands of dollars for an Appeals Court to determine that attaching a piece of memorabilia to a trading card is ‘obvious’ and thus, not patentable.”
Thanks to the president of the FFII for pointing out the BSA’s ridiculous statement. He also found out
[PDF] that the “EPO lost money with the bankruptcy of the Icelandic Kaupthing bank? Read page 13 item 414 362.402.825 ISK == 2 Million EUR”