Patents create fear and undermine market confidence

Patents create fear

Patents undermine open internet standards

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Multiple patents for a piece of software

http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/64495.html?wlc=1222514044

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Fear of SMEs

More than 85% of small and medium enterprises (SME) feared software patents

http://www.digitalmajority.org/forum/t-3553/german-study:software-smes-think-patents-hamper-innovation

Kleine Unternehmen nehmen in den meisten Fällen eine eher ablehnende Haltung gegenüber der inzwischen verstärkten Vergabe von Patenten auf Software und Algorithmen ein, weil hierdurch eine Behinderung, eventuell sogar Verhinderung der eigenen Arbeit befürchtet wird (mehr als 85%). Vor allem die Vergabe von Trivialpatenten7 wird von fast allen Befragten kritisiert; selbst von den drei grundsätzlichen Befürwortern der Patentierung wird die Vergabe solcher Patente als problematisch angesehen.

Source: Holl, F.-L. (eds.), Studie zum Innovationsverhalten deutscher Software-Entwicklungsunternehmen, im Auftrag des Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung, Eigenverlag, Berlin, 2006, p. 86)

Small enterprises generally adopt a rather negative positon towards the current increasing granting of Patents for software and algorithms because they fear that these will hamper or eventually even impede their work (more than 85%). The granting of trivial patents is above all criticised by nearly all respondents; even the three respondents generally supporting Patents consider the granting of this kind of patents as problematic.

Source: Holl, F.-L. (eds.), Study of the Innovation Performance of German Software Companies, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, self-publishing House, Berlin, 2006, p. 86)

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