The Register: The Euro Software Patent Chamber of HorrorsNov 21, 2000, 16:10 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The idiocies of the European Patent Office are to be highlighted in a unique exhibition opening today. Between 11am and 12:30 in Munich, the European Software Patent Horror Gallery will open to the public, hosted by FSF founder Richard M Stallman, only this time wearing his League of Programming Freedom hat."
"The show is part of an effort to show how the ownership of fundamental concepts such as multi-tasking, filename conversion and even abstract processes that have nothing to do with software - dynamic pricing, for example - have been granted to individuals or corporations."
"For example, the concept of a "Computer system and method for performing multiple tasks," filed by six engineers from IBM Germany in 1993 is currently in the works. That leaves the Apple Macintosh and Win9x pretty safe, we guess. But no, really - we're not making this up, and it's deadly serious for anyone writing software in Europe."
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