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2004-06-22 DE Deutsche Bank Research recommends against software patents

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Summary

As one of four urgent measures for strengthening innovation and economic growth in Germany, Deutsche Bank recommends:

  1. Set up a balanced IP protection regime to foster the creation and flow of ideas.
    • Stronger IP protection is not always better. Chances are that patents on software, common practice in the US and on the brink of being legalised in Europe, in fact stifle innovation. Europe could still alter course.

Full text:

In more detail (pages 6-7) the paper argues:

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