Subject: Re: Examples needed against Soft Patents
From: Norbert Bollow <nb@norbert.ch>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 19:52:49 +0100

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Taran Rampersad <cnd@knowprose.com> wrote:

> I'd like to know where software patents don't exist.

Currently in most countries of the world software patents don't exist.
(Sorry I don't have a complete list).  In the EU currently they exist
"illegally" in the sense that some have been granted in violation of
existing law.

> Are there countries that trade with the United States that haven't
> signed a TRIPs agreement?

The TRIPs agreement doesn't imply software patentability.  At the
time that the TRIPs agreement was drafted, software wasn't part of
what was meant with "technology".  For details concerning this,
please refer to http://swpat.ffii.org/analyse/trips/index.en.html

Greetings, Norbert.

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