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Software Patents stifle innovation

  1. Software patents are too slow. Examination takes 5 years, if not more. Patents limit competition for up to 20 years. The software life cycle and amortisation of investments are much shorter.
  2. Software patents are too expensive. Litigation costs, damages and royalties are too high for a majority of actors.
  3. Software patents are too broad rights, as opposed to precision rights such as software copyright. Broad, intricated and clumsy rights are damaging for the market but more valuable for their holders. 'Inventors' phrase their applications very broadly and negotiate with the patent office over breadth of the grant.
  4. Software patents ruins investment. A typical product can violate hundreds of patents. A complex product can violate thousands of patents. A single patent might ruin years of work invested in a software product. Software patents create thickets and minefield for developers.
  5. Software patents does not protect products. As software products are complex, a product cannot be protected only with one or few patents. To completely protect a product, you need too many patents which are not owned by you.
  6. Software patents create fear in the market. As a single infringed patent is needed to shoot emerging competitors in the cradle, developers refrain from the risk to enter a mined market. Those legal ambushes deter innovation investment.
  7. Software patents deprive authors of the fruits of their work. Patent regimes dilute your ownership over copyrighted works because they overlap with the realm of copyright. Software patenting closes an alleged copyright 'protection gap' which was preserved by the legislator for reasons which advise against patenting, too.
  8. Software patents are not justified. Insufficient economic evidence supports an application of the patent system on software. On the contrary, most studies hint that software patent regimes restrain innovation.
  9. Software patents reward 'hot air'. Ideas are not scarce but cheap. Their disclosure barely justifies to grant rights to prevent them happening. Developers who read software patents consider them as an offence: they disclose nothing useful.
  10. Software patents are difficult to research. Patent databases, software and patents are complex. Patent attorneys can do unreliable research for you. Only courts can decide if you infringe a patent. You take all risks and costs. Patent Offices admits it is impossible to find prior art in source or binary code.
  11. Software patents are useless for defensive purposes. Software patents as defensive purposes do not work against patent trolls, since they do not have any product which you can countersue for infringement. When your business bankrupts after years of litigation, a troll will buy your 'defensive' patent and terrorise your competitors.
  12. Software patents discriminate small players. Small companies are forced to bow into cease and desist letters about questionable patents or settle out of court as litigation is too expensive and takes ages. As a small player you can either pull or cut your software or take a license if available. Small companies are excluded of large cross-licensing deals with large companies, since they do not have enough patents to exchange. Large companies are able to recreate a level playing field with those cross-licensing deals and reduce the risk of infringement. Free software developers sees their software becoming non-free with the collection of royalties.
  13. Software patents are a problem for large companies. Large companies views positively the exclusion of competitors from the market. But they have to face negative effects of software patents, such as litigation costs and damages, potential product removal, and shift of ressources from the R&D (Research&Development) to the P&L (Patents&Litigation) department.
  14. Software patents creates a cold war. The software market is mostly about providing services. Patenting suits service markets badly. Patents were designed for the industrial age.
  15. Software patents do not fit for service-oriented markets. The software market is mostly about providing services. Patenting suits service markets badly. Patents were designed for the industrial age.
  16. Software patents are not written by and for developers. Patenting shifts resources from research&development to legal departments. 'Inventors' can write patent applications without skills in software development and sue software developers who independently 'recreated' their 'inventions'.
  17. Software patents create too much risks for users. Users of software might be sued for patent infringement (ex: banks), since their activity might depend on an infringing piece of software. The product might be removed from the market (ex: Blackberry). Software underpins a lot of key activities in the economy.

On the opposite, large players can countersue with their own patent portfolio but it won't help them against patent trolls. A litigation business without products will not cross-license. And you cannot enforce your own patent against a larger player either as it can force you into cross-licensing.

What shall our parliaments and governments do to preserve innovation?

  1. Apply sound economical justifications and impact assessments in a democratic legislative process.
  2. Pass legal clarifications to substantive patent law. Such clarifications comprise negative and positive tests for patent examiners to assess what is eligible to a patent. We made proposals and remain open to alternatives that contribute to stop software patenting worldwide. Two major ones are:
    1. A claimed object that consists only of instructions for use of generic data processing hardware (universal computer), also called “program for computers” or “computer-implemented solution”, is not an invention in the sense of patent law, regardless of the form in which it is claimed.
    2. A claimed object can be an invention in the sense of patent law only if it contributes knowledge to the state of the art in a field of applied natural science.
  3. Overcome a patent reform discussion trapped into "non-obviousness" The 'American desease' of patent law requires a return to real steering instruments. The patent community has been using that filter to distract reforms and to get industry backing for dismantling of more meaningful examination filters.
  4. Apply democratic reforms of patent institutions. Patent offices have to stay neutral and abstain from lobbying, and let patent examiners contribute their first hand experiences. Persuasion for patenting based on the assumption that small enterprises just lack awareness puts preconceptions over the rationale of market choice. In a liberal democracy public servants and policy makers do not educate but listen.
  5. Provide for non-infringement declarations which override enforcement of patents. Rather than you taking the risk to research patents, patent holders should declare upon you request if your product or standard infringes one of their patents. Such estoppel provides legal certainty and standard confidence.
  6. Get patent professionals out of policy making. Increase the influence exercised by economists on the governance of innovation policy. The quality of professional judges cannot be exchanged for 'technical judges' without legal training and eligibility to a judicial office or administrative 'case law'.
  7. Keep substantive patent law harmonisation away from Free Trade Agreements.
  8. Start an open debate about the patent crisis aimed at finding solutions. Economists can easily explain to you why free rider effects make patent opposition suboptimal. Other institutional unbalances pressure patent examiners to grant permissively. Let's review the institutional incentives and start reform

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    Comments: ALWAYS CONTINIUE TO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, WHICH IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT.
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    Comments: A necessary evil? No, software patents are just plain wrong
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  • Ashley Black, United Kingdom, 30 Jul 2009 13:22
    Comments: Software patients are used to further monopoly's like Microsoft.
  • John Williams, United States, 11 Jul 2009 01:59
    Comments: It is frustrating that oftentimes the best algorithms (even the ideas, not just the source code) are protected by patent restrictions.
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    Comments: Stop the maddness!
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    Comments: For those who don't understand: "Software Patent is like restricting painters paint landscapes where is one mountain."
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    Comments: Software patents suck!
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    Comments: Just like mathematics, software should not be patented. Software patents impedes innovation and competition!
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  • Rikard Westman, Sweden, 04 Feb 2009 21:22
  • Sascha Gallardo, Sweden, 31 Jan 2009 09:52
    Comments: Software patents is most likely used to have a secured side income if the original source flops.
    "I know my sw is a piece of shit, but I'm still becoming a millionaire due to sw patent and law suits!"
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    Comments: We want free innovation!
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  • Frank Langbein, United Kingdom, 19 Jan 2009 12:32
    Comments: People who have novel ideas publish them for everyone to use; some are too greedy and end up being isolated. People who had one trivial idea get a patent and pester everyone else. People without ideas buy those trivial ideas. So who do we need to solve problems?
  • Luís Mendes, Portugal, 16 Jan 2009 14:51
    Comments: If you want to be able to start a software company in the near future, or to be able to develop and share your work, then help to stop this "I have so much money and I to want to have it all" stuff.
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    Comments: As someone who will soon be entering the industry, patents must be stopped.
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    Comments: Consider what's already been said, I have little to add. The choice seemed clear to me: Sign this petition.
  • Konstantinos Ioannidis, Greece, 27 Dec 2008 21:38
    Comments: Software patents sound to me like "i forbid to everyone to cook a recipe that contains as a part something that i made first"
    Patents imply chains in thought
  • Anna Maria Vincitorio, Italy, 24 Dec 2008 07:35
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  • Boyan Kasarov, Bulgaria, 06 Dec 2008 18:42
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    Comments: Kudos!!!
  • Radoslaw Zasiadczuk, United Kingdom, 27 Nov 2008 00:37
  • Tiago Geada, United Kingdom, 25 Nov 2008 21:31
    Comments: For all the reasons stated above (some of them I wasn't even aware) I think patents for software should never exist

    there should be no software boundaries
  • João Vieira, Portugal, 24 Nov 2008 16:09
  • Andrei Vasiliu, Romania, 21 Nov 2008 18:49
  • J Larsen, Denmark, 20 Nov 2008 21:50
  • L. Kettenbach, Germany, 16 Nov 2008 16:11
  • tomer filiba, Israel, 14 Nov 2008 23:14
    Comments: patents suck. free software and innovation for all!
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    Comments: Stop patent trolls!
  • Jody Bruchon, United States, 13 Nov 2008 00:13
    Comments: Software is analogous to an instruction manual: it only tells a machine what it is to do and how to do it. Last time I checked, instruction manuals weren't a patentable item. When will this country learn from the infamous Amazon 1-Click Patent? I'm tired of this garbage even a decade later!
  • Luca Cappelletti, Italy, 12 Nov 2008 09:29
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  • Michael Nielsen, Denmark, 07 Nov 2008 13:50
    Comments: Patents will lead to a company needing to employ 2 laywers for every developer, as they would need to test every line of code against a paten, due to the triviality of most patents.
  • tad bisaha, France, Metropolitan, 02 Nov 2008 03:52
    Comments: Merci de nous laisser la liberté de choisir et de créer selon nos souhaits! Et surtout, MéSSieurs, foutez-nous la paix, n'est-ce pas!?
  • Casper Langemeijer, Netherlands, 31 Oct 2008 11:56
  • Riccardo Runci, Italy, 31 Oct 2008 11:28
    Comments: PORCO DIO LADRO
  • Andrea Vinci, Italy, 31 Oct 2008 11:26
  • Francesco Francescangeli, Italy, 30 Oct 2008 07:59
  • Stefano Rosellini, Italy, 29 Oct 2008 13:12
  • Marco Rossi, Italy, 29 Oct 2008 09:04
  • Andrea Bozzetto, Italy, 28 Oct 2008 22:14
  • Dario Zannini, Italy, 28 Oct 2008 17:30
  • Vincent Ortalda, Italy, 28 Oct 2008 14:06
    Comments: Stop the patents!
  • Paolo Mandrino, Italy, 28 Oct 2008 13:00
  • Ioannis Andriopoulos, Greece, 28 Oct 2008 11:16
  • Alessandro Talami, Italy, 28 Oct 2008 10:50
  • Giorgio Caligni, Italy, 28 Oct 2008 00:51
    Comments: STOP IT!
    Patents are not the solution. To evolve, Sharing the Knowledge is the solution, like in the Science!
  • Massimiliano Cingolani, Italy, 27 Oct 2008 19:32
  • angelo campanelli, Italy, 27 Oct 2008 15:55
  • Andrea Rondelli, Italy, 27 Oct 2008 15:10
    Comments: Thanks for all you do for us, I support you. Stop Software Patents!
  • Flavi Copes, Italy, 27 Oct 2008 14:30
  • Stefano Pezzoli, Italy, 27 Oct 2008 13:54
  • Alberto Bertozzi, Italy, 27 Oct 2008 13:47
  • andrea giacomelli, Italy, 27 Oct 2008 12:46
  • Guillaume Zurbach, France, 27 Oct 2008 10:38
  • Thomas Schenck, United States, 26 Oct 2008 21:30
  • Stephane Vast, France, 26 Oct 2008 14:21
    Comments: This is an absolute necessity. Do we pay for Pythagore's theorem?
  • Edward Lenssen, Netherlands, 24 Oct 2008 06:21
  • Alberto Martinez, Spain, 20 Oct 2008 18:08
    Comments: I think that the main argument against software patents is that they are granted to a general idea instead of a particular implementation. An invention is not just an idea but the practical implementation that brings the idea to the physical world.
  • Juuso Lehtimäki, Finland, 19 Oct 2008 03:13
  • Andrea Botteghelz, Italy, 18 Oct 2008 11:43
  • Alexandros Pantazis, Greece, 18 Oct 2008 09:24
    Comments: The ideas must be free, and the knowledge too. Must find a different way to fee people who invent things
  • Pam de Groot, Netherlands, 17 Oct 2008 22:28
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  • Ignacio Vicario, Spain, 16 Oct 2008 18:59
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  • Costantino Cerbo, Germany, 15 Oct 2008 09:06
  • Friedrich Müller, Germany, 14 Oct 2008 21:27
  • Ivan Vilata, Spain, 14 Oct 2008 16:35
  • Pål Lykkja, Norway, 14 Oct 2008 12:12
    Comments: Thank you!
  • Szymon Graczyk, Poland, 13 Oct 2008 17:45
  • Francisco Soberón, Spain, 13 Oct 2008 14:32
  • Nitin Agarwal, United States, 11 Oct 2008 16:25
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  • Iskren Slavov, Bulgaria, 09 Oct 2008 09:45
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  • João Cunha, Portugal, 08 Oct 2008 14:19
  • Alexander Ruoff, Germany, 08 Oct 2008 07:29
    Comments: I agree with Anonymous, privatisation of the patent examination is not an option. The examination has to be neutral and objective, which is not guaranteed within the private sector.
  • Alex Bell, United Kingdom, 07 Oct 2008 17:40
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  • Maciej Gębka, Poland, 06 Oct 2008 18:34
  • Carlos J. Reyes M., Venezuela, 06 Oct 2008 18:06
  • Marcus Ertl, Germany, 05 Oct 2008 20:26
    Comments: The patent system in general needs a requirement to "disclose clearly and fully", so that in the rare case someone wants to read a patent, they can actually make use of it. If a patent is found to lack any of these qualities, it should automatically be revoked and precluded from being reapplied for.
  • Sergey Mezentsev, Russian Federation, 03 Oct 2008 11:14
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  • Claudio Clemens, Germany, 03 Oct 2008 07:12
    Comments: Hi... the Draft is ok, but I think the formulation should be more formal. Try to avoid Metaphors like "coldwar" and "hot air". I think this takes the seriousness of the Petition. As always: This is just MY opinion.
  • Ralf Hein, Germany, 02 Oct 2008 17:40
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  • George Papadopoulos, Greece, 02 Oct 2008 14:56
    Comments: No need to send me an email asking me to sign the final version. I do sing the final version whatever that will be, and all so all your future petitions. Thank you.
  • Jacques Stebler, Switzerland, 02 Oct 2008 13:36
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  • Jesus Alberto Lopez Cegarra, Venezuela, 01 Oct 2008 19:09
    Comments: Software Patents are a serious threat to innovation.
  • caron Hugo, France, 01 Oct 2008 13:59
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  • Olivier Maillard, France, Metropolitan, 30 Sep 2008 20:56
    Comments: Ok to increase the role of economists, but economists are not scientists, they are closer to ideologues. So the whole thing should not be left to them, they should be part of it, but it's most important to push this debate in clear and intelligible terms for citizens.OIl
  • john bekiaris, Greece, 30 Sep 2008 18:34
  • Matt Langley, United Kingdom, 30 Sep 2008 14:28
    Comments: Patents restrict trade.

    Any income from a software patent is unearned as no technology was provided to the payee and no significant investment was made by the beneficiary.
  • Bernd Jäke, Germany, 30 Sep 2008 11:13
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  • renato vitolo, United Kingdom, 29 Sep 2008 20:36
    Comments: Thanks for your work! It is comforting to know that there is someone protecting the general interests of society while I am at (hard) work!
  • Sergio Bello García, Spain, 29 Sep 2008 18:15
  • Felix Klee, Germany, 29 Sep 2008 17:24
    Comments: I wonder whether "troll" is a word that every professional in the field understands. Sounds somewhat childish to me.
  • Stefano Paoloni, Italy, 29 Sep 2008 17:23
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  • Marcos Astorgano González, Spain, 29 Sep 2008 16:01
  • Luc Santeramo, France, 29 Sep 2008 13:36
  • Wouter Van daele, Belgium, 29 Sep 2008 12:18
  • Adam Kubon, Poland, 29 Sep 2008 11:19
  • Mathew George, Kuwait, 29 Sep 2008 09:55
    Comments: Patents will kill innovation. Time to see some freedom from these stiflers
  • Maxime Lenglet, France, 29 Sep 2008 08:40
  • Marlies Lampe, Germany, 29 Sep 2008 08:14
  • Marvin Lampe, Germany, 29 Sep 2008 08:11
    Comments: Software patents inhibit the development of all kinds of software. Why should we pay for a company which inhibits future?
  • Mattias Mattsson, Sweden, 28 Sep 2008 23:56
  • Peter Radcliffe, Australia, 28 Sep 2008 23:40
    Comments: UK citizen.
  • Felix Herbeck, Russian Federation, 28 Sep 2008 22:47
  • Ilario Gelmetti, Italy, 28 Sep 2008 20:55
  • David Fernández Piñas, Spain, 28 Sep 2008 19:00
    Comments: Software is pure maths, so it is not patentable. Moreover, patents just promote litigation, not innovation.
  • Sylvie DROUET, France, 28 Sep 2008 16:43
  • Lutz Langerwisch, Germany, 28 Sep 2008 14:01
  • Jonatan Nyberg, Finland, 28 Sep 2008 13:00
  • Bogdan Dobrota, Romania, 28 Sep 2008 12:31
    Comments: It is like someone plays God. One day will someone saying that I am what I am because of him/her/them.
  • Jan Drha, Czech Republic, 27 Sep 2008 19:53
  • Alex Muntada, Spain, 27 Sep 2008 18:46
  • Ondrej Pagáč, Slovakia, 27 Sep 2008 18:41
  • Claudio Vaccani, Switzerland, 27 Sep 2008 18:37
  • bar fernand, Belgium, 27 Sep 2008 16:48
  • Saverio Raponi, Italy, 27 Sep 2008 16:17
    Comments: Software patents are wrong because no one can privatize a evolutionary step.
    Thanks for your work!
  • Martin Thomas, Germany, 27 Sep 2008 12:50
  • Kamil Zaręba, Poland, 27 Sep 2008 12:26
  • Willem Fortuin, Philippines, 27 Sep 2008 12:22
  • Michel Meyers, Luxembourg, 27 Sep 2008 09:47
  • René Matthäi, Germany, 27 Sep 2008 09:21
  • Thomas Arnoux, France, 27 Sep 2008 00:22
  • Sven Schwyn, Switzerland, 26 Sep 2008 21:59