Five years ago the European Parliament stopped the attempt to make software patents enforcable in Europe. An unprecedented community effort made it possible with a relative low awareness about the dangers among larger software companies. Since then litigation and patent traps have become a serious problem for the market and users of software. We need to reduce patent risks which impede innovation and investment.

On a worldwide scale Patent Offices continue to grant these rights and do not reform their practice. They are facing a patent crisis caused by lowering standards and fail to cope with their examination backlog. Even without political support the patent community expands what can be made patentable through practice and case law.

It is indispensible that the software community remains organised and responsive. We want to overcome the software patent crisis. We raise awareness about their devastating effects on the emerging information and knowlege society where software predominates and we make our constructive reform proposals heard.