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The European Patent Office's Reductio ad Absurdum

Oct 28, 2008, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Here's the latest attempt, which takes the form of a referral of a "point of law" concerning software patents by the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) to the EPO "Enlarged Board of Appeal", something that seems to happen quite rarely. Now, you do not have to be a genius to see the problem with this; essentially, the EPO is asking itself whether it wants to widen its own jurisdiction, increase its power and boost its income by allowing software patents. Unless the Enlarged Board of Appeal consists entirely of self-denying, altruistic masochists, I think we can all guess what the answer will be."

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