Software patent law must be simplified if not completely abolished. The concept that a routine or function is somehow "intellectual property" is ridiculous. How many times have you had an idea and found out someone else had the same idea? Patents were designed to prevent stealing of ideas but two independent people creating the same idea are not stealing from each other.

Why is this idea important?

It is impossible for a small business of software development to survive in the current legal framework. Any body wanting to design a website, or write an application that uses a mouse, for example, is infringing patents owned by large multinational corporations.

If Britain wants to encourage small business, especially technology businesses, it must protect these businesses from the insane predatory practices of the large software houses.

One Reply to “Abolish Software Patents”

  1. You aren’t breaching a patent if you develop something with no knowledge of a patented idea existing elsewhere … patent law already does that.

    What you’re talking about amounts to legalised theft.

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