TechWorld: Patenting 'Lunacy' Will Hit Open Source
Sep 05, 2003, 21:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)
"Small software companies in Europe should not relax despite the
reprieve granted on software patents, warned well-known UK
computing entrepreneur Bob Jones this week.
"Protests caused the European parliament to delay a vote on
proposals to implement US-style patent legislation here, but
lobbying will continue from US-based multinationals and
'empire-builders' in the European Patent Office, warned Jones.
"'Those who push this European Patent Office-backed proposal
actually have the gall to argue this move will protect smaller
businesses from the avarice of big business, but in truth the exact
opposite will occur,' said Jones. 'This patent lunacy is very much
the agenda of the multinationals...'"