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Re: [DotGNU]Re: the .NET API patent issue

From: Norbert Bollow
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Re: the .NET API patent issue
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 15:42:16 +0200 (CEST)

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> Unfortunately, in the UE, has been approved recently a law in the same
> way of the USA patent law.
> I don't know exactly the content of that law, but I know It's little bit
> less restrictive (but not much more) that his correspondent in USA.

I've been following this a bit (although not very closely)... while
any kind of European Union endorsement for software patents is
definately very bad news, it sounds like APIs are definately not
going to be patentable in Europe.  In any case, it is certainly ok
to work on any DotGNU-related matter in Europe as long as we're not
informed (either directly by MS or indirectly, e.g. via the media) of
any patents or patent applications that would make something that we
want to do EU-patent-endangered.

> Then... Has any Chinesse people volunteer for API design work? ;-)

Contanting Free Software user groups in China is something that I
definately want to do.  Would you be willing to help with this?

Greetings, Norbert.

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