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Software patents harm SMEs

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During the lobbying around the EU software patents directive, representatives of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were against software patents.

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[edit] Reasons

The main problems are:

There are other problems. Sometimes these other problems are very real, but sometimes they're used by pro-software-patent campaigns in strange ways to distract politicians away from the main problems. Focussing on these should be don with caution:

[edit] How important are SMEs?

  • According to European Business Summit, they provide 99% of European jobs![1] (This sounds too high - other sources say 75%)

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(See other studies on economics and innovation)

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  1. "SMEs Engines for Recovery?". http://eureporter.co.uk/story/smes-engines-recovery. "providing an appropriate balance for a discussion of a sector that provides 99% of all of Europe’s jobs." 


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