[Fsfe-ie] EFF Sends Message to USPTO's James Rogan

adam beecher lists at beecher.net
Wed Jan 14 20:04:07 CET 2004

[Via GrepLaw. "Note: International residents are welcome to take this

Help Broaden the World IP Debate!

The cost of software, availability of medicine and production of valuable
scientific knowledge are, in large part, determined by the policies of the
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Today, WIPO focuses on
restrictive intellectual property regimes, but it doesn't have to be that
way tomorrow. WIPO is holding a budget meeting in Geneva from September
8-10, where it will decide whether or not to schedule increased discussions
of open and collaborative development models (OCDM). OCDM includes open
source software like Linux and collaborative scientific endeavors like the
Human Genome Project - valuable initiatives that benefit the public. WIPO
expressed support for such a discussion, but backed off when the U.S. Patent
and Trade Office (USPTO) warned it away. Tell the USPTO to reconsider its
misguided stance and support public information goods throughout the world!
Note: International residents are welcome to take this action.


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