question about software patents (sandisk/sisvel)

MJ Ray mjr at
Mon Sep 4 23:18:43 UTC 2006

Hanno Böckwrote:
> I have a question about this case (german article):
> [...]

One English report at

> - Is this one of the "epa gives sw-patents although they're not allowed"-case? 
> Then, why don't companies like sandisk take legal actions against the patent?
> - Is this in someway not considered "software"?
> - What else is going on there?

Of course mathematical discoveries like MP3 should not get patent 
protection, but AIUI from recent Debian threads, Germany is about as 
software-patent-happy as UK and US.

Reform the patent system!  End these long-life protectionist trolls!
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