NO software patents via the Unitary Patent Court (UPC)

Considering that:

  • A central European Patent Court will create caselaw in favour of software patents, as it has been recognised by several experts [1];
  • Software patents, despite their exclusion in the law, has been validated in countries like Germany (Siemens case) or the UK (Halliburton case);
  • Large companies have been calling for rejection of the previous failed software patent directive, pushing for the creation of the such Central European Patent Court instead;
  • Software Patents make software development risky and impossible, depriving their authors and companies of their rights;
  • The fundamental right of programmers to give instructions to programmable machines should not be limited by patent law;

We ask lawmakers:

  • make the European Court of Justice (CJEU) the ultimate arbitrer in patent law (art 6-8);

[1] http://epla.ffii.org/quotes