Unitary Patents and the European Patent Court

Erik Albers eal at fsfe.org
Tue Apr 8 10:39:48 UTC 2014

On 03/04/14 11:34, Carsten Agger wrote:
> As you may or may not know, on May 25 there's a referendum in Denmark
> concerning whether to join the European Patent Court.
> If the result of the referendum is a no, that means the new unitary
> patent will not be valid in Denmark.
> From a free software perspective this is kind of a no-brainer:
> Currently, each year about 6,000 EPO patents (of all kinds) are
> validated in Denmark.
> When the unitary patent is introduced, we can expect that number to grow
> to about 60,000. EPO's practices regarding software patents are very
> dubious, and we have no idea how the new patent court will view
> "computer implemented inventions"; but the whole setup is worrying.
> I have co-authored an open letter to IT companies which was published on
> the Danish web magazine Den Fri:
> http://www.denfri.dk/2014/03/softwarepatenter-aabent-brev-til-danmarks-virksomheder/
> (also available on my own blog,
> http://www.modspil.dk/itpolitik/softwarepatenter_og_patentdomstol___bent_brev_til_danmarks_it_virksomheder.html)
> Apart from publishing it there, we have also sent it to all web bureaus
> in the Aarhus area and plan to send it to all small/medium software
> companies in Denmark.
> We and many others, are also doing other things to get the no, of course.

thank you very much for your engagement, I hope it will pay out.

Fortunately, on national level, many countries inside the European Union now
are aware of the damaging activities of software patents. Unfortunately, this
is not yet true for the European Institutions and Lobbyists still try hard to
to enforce them in Europe.

Thanks again,

Erik Albers | https://fsfe.org/about/albers
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) - Campaigns & Community

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