Oppose software patents
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Oppose software patents

    1. Petition by

      Timothy Lee

      Philadelphia, PA

Patents are hampering innovation in the software industry. Firms that create and use software products are facing frivolous lawsuits from non-practicing entities and anti-competitive lawsuits from large companies. As a result, the patent system is hindering innovation in software, the opposite of the effect patents are supposed to have.

As the nation's leading digital civil liberties organization, EFF ought to be leading the charge against patents on software. On a new site called defendinnovation.org, EFF suggests several ways to make the patent system work better for software. But conspicuously missing from the list is software patent abolition. Instead, EFF says that "Congress should commission a study and hold hearings to examine whether software patents actually benefit our economy at all."

But the time for study has passed. There's overwhelming evidence that software patents are broken beyond repair. So we call for the Electronic Frontier Foundation to clearly oppose patents on software.

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    • Wyatt Maverick WINSTON-SALEM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Software patents harm innovation, strangle content producers, promote the greedy monoply games companies like Apple play, etc.

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    • Jason Tokarz INGOLSTADT, GERMANY
      • about 2 years ago

      Software Patents should be abolished because software is a creative process which is already covered by copyright. If a software developer thinks of an idea and implements the idea as a piece of software, it is equally valid that another software developer could come up with the same idea and implement a piece of software which is implemented in a completely different way. An if the two software solutions are similar, all this demonstrates is that the to a software developer the solution is obvious to somebody with knowledge of developing software. At present, the patent system allows rich companies to protect ideas not innovations. This would be like an author being able to patent the genre 'murder mystery'.

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    • Adlai Chandrasekhar TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
      • over 2 years ago

      The patent process makes it easier for a large, existing corporation to sit on its laurels, than for a new player to enter the field. In today's rapidly changing world, it is especially important to help the new talent flourish.

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    • Colin Hayhurst SUNNYVALE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Patents = Innovation Friction

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    • Jonathan Grall SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The patent system does more harm than good. Abolition is one solution that might work.

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