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The FFII and Red Hat�s CEO Express Dissatisfaction with United States Patent System

Oct 13, 2009, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roy Schestowitz)

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"A lot of opposition to software patents made its way into the desks of USPTO clerks last week. Heise has some new coverage of this.

"Harsh words came from Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC): "Software patenting has been a scourge in the global technology industries," writes the lawyer. In his brief, Moglen argues that software is nothing more than an array of computer instructions. In the lawyer's opinion, computer programs should be as ineligible for patent protection as mathematical equations or precise descriptions of physical laws. Ciaran O'Riordan of the End Software Patents campaign, which is supported by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), also calls software patents an "economic failure and a hindrance to the progress of the useful arts.""

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