Stop Software Patents European Petition

Webshop Example

Without a solid legal basis, the European Patent Office has already granted about 30,000 software patents. Those pertain to some of the simplest and most general things.
Some people liken software patents to a minefield: Wherever you go, you have the risk of treading on a landmine that kills you. It's truly beyond imagination how many patents have been granted on the most basic ideas. You can hardly do anything on a computer or on the Internet without potentially "violating" countless patents.

Probably the most impressive visualization of the issue has been produced by the FFII. The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure created an image of what looks like a pretty normal Internet-based shop. That hypothetical webshop "infringes" upon 20 software patents that the European Patent Office has already granted. It's now up to politicians whether such absurd patents become enforceable or not.

Click on the image to see the details.

Click to read why the owner of any of those 20 patents could take the entire webshop out of business

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Feb. 2007: EPLA contradicts EU law >>
Jan. 2007: EU Council Presidency - SME call for change in patent policy >>
Dec. 2006: - Forum available again >>
Dec. 2006: Commission's DG Internal Market achieves Worst Lobby Award >>
Dec. 2006: FFII President says current patent system not sustainable >>
Dec. 2006: McCreevy laments unpopular EPLA >>
Nov. 2006: Patent industry writes ICT task force report "on behalf of SMEs"
  >> FFII press release
  >> Techworld article
Nov. 2006: FFII announces the European Patent Conference (EUPACO): "Towards a New European Patent System" >>
Oct. 2006: European Parliament turns around EPLA resolution >>
Mar. 2006: Software patent critics respond to EU Commission's consultation paper on patent policy
  >> FFII press release
  >> Florian Mueller blog
Jan. 2006: EU software patents rear their ugly head again
  >> IDG article
  >> Euractiv article
  >> ZDNet article
Parliament says No to software patents >> becomes an FFII platform
  >> Press Release
  >> ZDNet article
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