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[Fsfe-france] PriceWaterhouseCoopers: Patents Threaten Software Innovati

From: Xavier Roche
Subject: [Fsfe-france] PriceWaterhouseCoopers: Patents Threaten Software Innovation
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 17:58:24 +0200
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Une étude du ministère de l'économie des pays bas, réalisée par PriceWaterhouseCoopers, qui traite notamment des risques liés aux brevets logiciels


Quelques extraits:

"(..) There are particular threats to the European ICT industry such as the current discussion on the patent on software. The mild regime of IP protection in the past has led to a very innovative and competitive software industry with low entry barriers. A software patent, which serves to protect inventions of a non-technical nature, could kill the high innovation rate."

(..) "Enforcement of IPR is costly and puts SME's at a disadvantage."

(..) "Many large companies operating on a global scale, including European ones, seem to be in favour of a software patenting regime. But most small enterprises are strongly opposed. Only very few European companies have prepared themselves for the consequences of a software patent regime."

Xavier Roche
roche at httrack dot com

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