[Wolves] RE: Software Patents - From Number 10

Kevanf1 kevanf1 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 28 10:39:17 GMT 2007

On 27/02/07, Andy Wootton <andy.wootton at wyrley.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> As requested here, I signed the petition against software patents. I've received this:
> You recently signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to
>      "make software patents clearly unenforcible."
>      The Prime Minister's Office has responded to that petition and
>      you can view it here:
>      http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page11077.asp
>      Prime Minister's Office
>      Petition info: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/softwarepatents/

This is from the first paragraph:

"The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should
exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of
software. Although certain jurisdictions, such as the US, allow more
liberal patenting of software-based inventions, these patents cannot
be enforced in the UK."

Which sounds fine until you think about it properly.  This government
may well be 'committed' to its policy, the trouble is this government
will have no say in the matter if the EU decide that software patents
will be enforced.

The fight is not over by a long shot.

Don't take it to the tip recycle it via the Freecycle(r) Network.

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Kevan Farmer
Linux user #373362

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