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Linux Journal: Netherlands Software Patent Hearing Next Month

Jan 24, 2001, 21:56 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brenno J.S.A.A.F. De Winter)

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"On February 15th, a parliamentary committee in the Netherlands will hold a closed hearing on whether to support US-style software patents in Europe."

"In the US, the software patent situation is out of control. British Telecom has a patent on hyperlinking on the Internet and is shaking down ISPs for royalties. Amazon.com is using its "one click shopping" patent, on a mechanism where cookies and databasing are used to "recall" some data, to attack web sites. Every week brings another economic disaster as a result of US courts' decision to allow patents on software."

"Is it the same in Europe? No. If you look at the European Patent Office you discover there is currently no way of patenting software or software parts. But the European Patent Office is currently trying to change the European situation into a situation comparable to the US."

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