Jean-Paul Smets, founder of the Noepatents petition in 2000 and CEO Nexedi software publication, says "European Union is the world most friendly region for software innovators. Unlike in the US, Software Entrepreneurs can focus on R&D and do not need to worry about the risks of costly patent litigations or absurd software patents trolls. They can compete in a truly free market where interoperability is guaranteed by the Law. With tax exemptions in favour of software innovation, EU has definitely the best legal and fiscal framework worldwide to invest in software. This framework must be protected.".