Minute of silence

We have gathered today on the 24th of September 2008 in order to observe a moment of silence. Together, we are here to commemorate the death of innovation in the domain of software development.

Worldwide, software innovation is hindered by the current patent system that grants exclusion rights. Once a patent is granted, competition is limited for up to 20 years.

The practice of delivering software patents to large corporations creates fear and undermines the confidence of small and medium sized software companies, deterring innovation investment and undermining open Internet standards upon which innovative business is built.

So let us commemorate a time where software developers could innovate freely. A time where they could enjoy the fruits of their work without having to fear the infringement of often trivial patents.

Software innovation is dead. Patent attorneys who lobbied governments across the globe have won the battle.

All that is left to do, is to observe a minute of silence. A minute of silence commemorating the tragic death of software innovation.