"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