Fwd: [Patents] Public Hearing on Software Patentability in the German Parliament 2001-06-21

Alessandro Rubini rubini at gnu.org
Mon Jun 18 07:27:15 UTC 2001

I think this may be interesting to someone here.

> From: PILCH Hartmut <phm at ffii.org>
> To: news at ffii.org
> Cc: patents at aful.org, epo at mlist.austria.eu.net, intprop-l at topica.com
> Subject: [Patents] Public Hearing on Software Patentability in the German Parliament 2001-06-21
> Date: 17 Jun 2001 16:03:05 +0200
> Under
>         http://swpat.ffii.org/penmi/bundestag-2001/
>         http://swpat.ffii.org/penmi/bundestag-2001/indexen.html (English)
>         http://swpat.ffii.org/penmi/bundestag-2001/indexfr.html (French)
> you find the details on how to participate, the consultation
> questions, some hints by the FFII on possible reasoning and references
> for an answer (German only) and and a first consultation paper,
> written by Prof.Dr.iur Karl-Friedrich Lenz.  Prof. Lenz concludes by
> a warning to his peers in patent law:
>   Those who choose to ignore clear factual evidence and the _very_
>   strong rejection from a clear majority of software develppors and
>   insist in expanding the market for patent expertise and litigation
>   into new fields with brute force, may have to face the exact opposite
>   of what they intended: the abolition of the patent system as a whole.
> In this spirit I would like to beg especially those friends in the
> patent system who have understood and appreciated the concept of
> "technical invention": break the silence, take the opportunity to join
> forces with us, come forward and spread the word about the delimiting
> rule that will help to put your system back on a track of sustainable
> development.  The chance may never come back again.  
> Also, come to see us on 2001-07-05 in Stuttgart
>         http://swpat.ffii.org/penmi/linuxtag-2001/
> --
> Hartmut Pilch                                         http://phm.ffii.org/
> Protecting Innovation against Patent Inflation	http://swpat.ffii.org/
> 80000 signatures against software patents         http://www.noepatents.org/

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