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[Fsfe-france] U.K. judge frowns on software patents

From: Laurent GUERBY
Subject: [Fsfe-france] U.K. judge frowns on software patents
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 23:23:13 +0100

Vu sur slashdot, et ce n'est pas la premiere fois qu'un juge UK
se plaint du comportement des offices de brevet.


Sir Robin Jacob, a judge at the U.K.'s Court of Appeal who specializes
in intellectual-property law, spoke about the potential problems
surrounding software patents at a seminar for the Society for
Computers and Law on Thursday evening in London.

"Do we need patents for computer programs? Where is the evidence for
it?" Jacob asked.

The need for software patents has been questioned by campaigners such
as the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, but few
studies have investigated this issue. The European Commission has
funded a study on the legal, technical and economic effects of
software patents on innovation, but the study is not due to be
finished until 2007.

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