At the "Conference on Business-related Aspects of Software Patents"
Robert Gehring presented
a paper discussing the problem of software patents in which he suggests
a similar solutionion to the one suggested here. You can read the
original German version of
"Open Software Patents", A way out of the <<Digital Dilemma>>?,
or read his English translation,
for which there is also a downloadable English postscript version.
PATO proposal,a NATO-like patent nonagression pact.
Mutual Defense Against Software Patents:
"Software developers can protect themselves more effectively from
patents by explicitly adopting a nonagression or mutual defense
policy. This means promising in a binding fashion to use their
patents only to protect themselves and others from patents."
Cooperative OSS Patent Pool -- Proposal:
"To provide access to, and protection against, patents, OSS
should form a pool of patented technologies for its own use,
and to use in bargaining for access to additional patents."
Preparing for the Intellectual-Property Offensive article in
linuxworld, discussing the need for a defense against the dangers
software patents pose.
Richard Stallman's essay
The Microsoft Antitrust Trial and Free Software,which suggests
possible remedies if Microsoft is found guilty of antitrust laws.
Position Statements on Software Patents:
freepatents.org: "dedicated to the protection of innovation,
competition and open source software against the use and abuse
of software patents."
"Europe is currently prohibiting patents on computer programmes
as such and requires for a patent to be granted that it has an
industrial application. This gives its members an economic advantage,
protects open source software all over the world and stimulates
innovation made by small companies. However, powerful pressures
are trying to make Europe change its wise position on software
patents. freepatents.org thinks the new EU position on software
patents is a threat to competition, small companies, innovation
and open source software."
The freepatents mailing list is very active. I highly recommend
it for anyone interested in following the software patent issues
in Europe. The mailing list has more of a European slant than
the web site--there is apparently a lot of legislative activity
going on in Europe with respect to changing software patent
requirements, activity and political discussion that simply
doesn't seem to be going on anywhere else at the moment.
The Patent Watch Project
is a project of the International Center for Technology
Assessment in Washington DC. It is dedicated to exposing and correcting
societal problems engendered by the inappropriate use of the patent system.
League for Programming Freedom:
If you are interested in reading more on software patents issues,
I highly recommend reading every page on this site.
The EuroLinux Alliance,
"promotes a free information infrastructure in order to guarantee
optimal economic conditions for free competition, innovation, and
technology diffusion in the IT industry."
Association for the Promotion of
a Free Informational Infrastructure. (website in German)
Here is the
babelfish.altavista.com English translation.
The Software Patent Institute
maintains a database of non-patent prior art of software
by Source Translation Optimization, provides "legal
resources and tools for surviving the patenting frenzy
of the Internet, bioinformatics, and electronic commerce",
and provides resources for checking if a patent may be invalid.
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