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This is a rough article to make a long list of all the arguments against software patents. This will be used as a base for drafting work in the coming weeks and months as well as in the upcoming Bilski case and maybe the New Zealand legislative proposal, and other Current opportunities and dangers.


The list

  • After 20 years, the disclosed ideas are almost all useless
  • SMEs and individuals can't afford to do patent searches
  • SMEs and individuals can't afford to defend themselves
  • When a standard it patented, the only way to avoid the patent is to avoid the standard

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