"A controversial European Commission directive--that proponents
say merely reflects and reinforces the current patenting regime in
member countries--could in fact, according to an Australian lawyer,
stifle open source software development throughout the region.
Jeremy Malcolm, a lawyer specialising in information technology
said: 'It may perhaps stop some of the development that is going on
in Europe on open source. You may find that some people developing
software over there will have to stop doing it because of the
threat of being sued over patent violations...'"