Patents4Innovation.org and Software Patents
Patents4innovation.org was a website started by a group around EICTA in autumn of 2004 for the purpose of lobbying the European Parliament to allow software patents. It's main arguments consists in false representation claims: corporate patent lawyers masquerading as "the industry". Some of the companies and associations initially listed by Patents4Innovation.org as "sponsors" are known as opponents software patents.
The website is currently (June 2006) down.
News & Chronology
Known opponents to software patents that are still listed on Patents4Innovations' supporter's page: Bull, LITTA (Lithuanian IT association), GZS (Slovenian chamber of commerce), IVSZ (Hungarian IT association).
2006-06-16 As of this date, Patents4Innovation.org is down, with a "placeholder" and error message.
2004-12-14 SI FFII: Slovenian ICT Industry Association Against Software Patents (GZS is also listed among Patents4Innovations' alleged supporters)
2004-12-02 NL Brinkhorst on P4I: "Computer Programs are not patentable in Europe" (literal translation of a Dutch article in OpenMagazine.nl, but without a pointer and without the rebuttal by Reinier Bakels which OM published in the same issue)
2004-11-?? EU Cisco has been removed from their list of supporters
2004-11-09 UK Report on OutLaw about Patents4Innovation launch
2004-11-09 EU Eicta press release announcing Patents4Innovation launch
2004-11-?? EU Sun has been removed from their list of supporters
2004-11-04 UK IntellectUK/Carlton announces Patents4Innovation
2004-10-29 EU Forum thread at NoSoftwarePatents.com
2004-10-00 EU Eicta writes to MEPs
http://www.infobalt.lt/docs/Ulf_Pegrsson_EICTA.ppt -- strategic plan of EICTA
Mark MacGann, EICTA +32 2 706 8471
Leo Baumann, EICTA +32 2 706 8477
- Siobhan Aalders, APCO Europe +44-7973-266-457
- Brandon Mitchener, APCO Europe +32-477-245-077
Analyse the Inventor Stories/patent examples at Patents4InnovationExamplesEn