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Re: The political decision about non-free

On 20040308T200359+0000, Tom Badran wrote:
> What europe has is quite different to the american system. There are no 
> software patents as such, but sufficently complex inventions (including the 
> algorithms used for mp3 as a specific example) are patentable just like any 
> other invention.

Under current law, algorithms are not patentable, yet EPO grants such

> It basically means its very hard to flood the system with 
> trivial patents like amazon and such do in the US, but genuine inventions are 
> still protected under patent law. The bar for what is considered an invention 
> is much, much higher essentially, and it prevents the patenting of 'business 
> processes'.

There are many examples of silly software patents granted by the EPO.
A horror gallery is here:
For example,
  (a method for converting MS-DOS file names to Windows long file

Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho, Debian developer 


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