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Jaap Walhout
Netherlands 4 years 1 month ago
Sergey Novitsky SW Developer Voorburg
Netherlands Fully agree! 4 years 1 month ago
Flavio Zanda Student
United Kingdom Please look into this situation more closely, it got out of hand and we need a reform 4 years 1 month ago
Alan McNeil Programmer Kalispell
MT
United States What's next, a patent for sorting alphabetically? The trolls are parasites on society. 4 years 1 month ago
Shawn Ryan Systems Administrator Intern Leander
TX
United States Far too much time, money, and opportunity is spent in the software industry guarding against the deformed bludgeon that the software patent system has become. With software being one of the few thriving sectors in our suffering economy, how many innovative companies can we afford being snuffed out by patent lawsuits brought on by uninventive, parasitic patent hoarders? 4 years 1 month ago
Kevin Harness Software Engineer Mountain View
CA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Brad Durbin Chicago
IL
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Claus Nielsen Solutions Architect Bagsværd
Denmark 4 years 1 month ago
Alban Peignier Owner at Tryphon Labbeville
France Free Software and Open Formats make the world go 'round. Let's protect them 4 years 1 month ago
Nathan Hourt Computer Science Graduate Student SEARCY
AR
United States I hear of egregious abuses of software patents nearly every day. I never hear of situations where software patents saved the day. Does this mean such situations do not exist? Of course not, but the fact remains that they are a system wide open to unmitigated abuse. Personally, I feel that software patents do far more harm than good, and should be abandoned altogether. Even the most well-considered reforms are likely to have loopholes and cause confusion that could be exploited by a troll. If complete abolition of software patents is too difficult to achieve, however, the seven proposals of the EFF would do much to alleviate the chicanery so prevalent in the current software patent system. I am especially supportive of proposal 2, and I would argue that patent trolls should not only pay the legal fees, but also pay a hefty fee to the defendant for the damage done to their workflow and public image. To be clear, I do support all seven proposals, and not just #2. But more than the proposals, I support the complete disestablishment of software patents. 4 years 1 month ago
James Urteaga Small Business Owner Carmel
NY
United States We definitely need changes in this area, I wish this initiative the best. 4 years 1 month ago
Yassin Alvandi Tabriz
Iran 4 years 1 month ago
Sara C Student Ampang
Malaysia 4 years 1 month ago
Jason Hickner Lead Engineer Seattle
WA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Vishal Haria Mumbai
India Overarching patents curtail innovation, breed trolls, and rob us of money. Contain them. 4 years 1 month ago
Paul Boudreaux Enterprise Software Developer Baton Rouge
LA
United States Not only should software patent applicants be required to provide working code for monopoly privilege, but their code should be turned over to the public domain at the expiration of the patent. 4 years 1 month ago
Curtis Davidson Software Architect
CA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Paul Boudreaux
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Matias Korhonen Software developer Helsinki
Finland 4 years 1 month ago
Jürgen Fricke IT Consultant KÖLN
Germany Software patents stifle innovation and harm the economy. 4 years 1 month ago
Mark Schmidt IT Student Ypsilanti
MI
United States Patents (and copyrights) inhibit innovation in the Information age. This inhibits potential economic growth. 4 years 1 month ago
James Moey Sydney
Australia 4 years 1 month ago
Jeremy Ginsburg New York
NY
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Christian Velin Systems developer
Sweden 4 years 1 month ago
Chris Silva Redding
CA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Christopher Andrade
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Alex Ingram Computer Programmer Wadesville, Indiana
IN
United States Software patents are ridiculous. Many other countries have outlawed them by now, because they are far too easy to abuse. 4 years 1 month ago
Reuben Moorhouse Student Sydney
Australia As a student hoping to go into games development, software patents are very important to me. As a creative mind, I know that strong patent law will be necessary, and while I live in Australia, I know that the U.S is a big trend-setter for issues like these. Please, put the legal system back in it's place. Protect software creators! 4 years 1 month ago
Yozen Hernandez Student New York
NY
United States As a researcher and user of modern technology, the state of the patent system affects me, and others like me, to a great degree. Consider if I were writing a piece of software which later turned out to have commercial use. The current patent system would allow someone to file a patent for a comparatively trivial function and then accuse me (and any collaborators) of infringement, as cases such as those ongoing between Android OEMs and Apple have shown. Patent "trolls", especially NPEs, can sue over minutae and potentially drain a business' capital. This could even discourage non-commercial academics from publishing their own software if a troll is ever successful at a suit against purely academic software (sometimes it feels like it could happen any day now, if it hasn't already). Patent issuing and enforcement should be fair and reasonable. Independent invention and minor use of a supposedly infringing patent should be better protected. Patents and licenses should be available for all to see, as it helps not only to avoid possible infringement, but to raise a flag in case of erroneous duplicates or criticizing trivial patents. Lastly, it is my personal belief that software patents are both damaging and unnecessary. They have recently been used for nothing but spurious legal battles, and none have been for anything particularly remarkable. A more careful analysis should be done, but I propose software patents should merely be done away with. I will personally never apply for a patent on any software I produce. Ever. 4 years 1 month ago
Michael Winebrenner Student Daly City
CA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Stephan Maurer Solution Design Architect Melbourne
Australia Software patents should be disposed as they are counterproductive! 4 years 1 month ago
Phillip Traulsen Tacoma
WA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Sheila Clark Springfield
MO
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Edvard Fagerholm Instructor Philadelphia
PA
United States The computer industry had tremendous innovation in a period when no software patents were granted. In addition, with software the devil is always in the details. Thus ideas should be accompanied by implementations, since most ideas do not foresee the real technical difficulties where the actual innovation lies. 4 years 1 month ago
john baker student stratham
NH
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Gregory Ngirmang Collegedale
TN
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Jeff Graham lead developer portland, or
OR
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Brad Hodge Pharmacist / IT Liaison Springdale
AR
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Aren Olson Software Engineer Sunnyvale
CA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Daniel Serbicki Parochial Vicar West Seneca
NY
United States I am priest that occasionally codes, and I think the EFF proposals are some excellent steps that will really help our economy. 4 years 1 month ago
Daniel Playfair Cal Gladesville
Australia 4 years 1 month ago
Bryan Wood Developer Upper Coomera
Australia 4 years 1 month ago
James Arnold Factory worker Manchester
TN
United States I can tell just from the news that our patent system is stifling innovation we need something better 4 years 1 month ago
Sergey Prigogin Software Engineer Foster City
CA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Jazon Yamamoto Computer Engineering Student Paramount
CA
United States Software patents hurt innovation and the advancement of human achievement in the fields of computing. They should not exist. 4 years 1 month ago
Michael Fahnestock computer technician el paso
TX
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Adams Tower Software Developer Pittsburgh
PA
United States 4 years 1 month ago
James Blevins
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Rich LaDuca Network Admin West Chester, OH
OH
United States 4 years 1 month ago
Owen Kieffer-Jones Web Developer Columbus, OH
OH
United States As a programmer, I find it absolutely absurd that software can be patented. Inventors and developers use, build upon, and modify the ideas of others in order to create new things. This is how innovation works. 4 years 1 month ago

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