Software Patents in the EU
Subject:   And the result of those patents are ...
Date:   2005-03-09 15:55:33
From:   nzheretic
Response to: artificial distinction between hardware and software

The result of those patents on the market is that you can only purchase razors with those patented features from a few big mega-corporations. The envitable oligopoly raises concerns over price fixing, justifying price rises by, for example, artifically inflating development costs. Gillette makes the ridiculous claim that it spent approximately $750 billion to develop the Mach3.

The difference with the software industry is that you can still make and sell basic razors that will do the job for any price, since the concept of the safety razor has been around for over a hundred years. This limits the extent that the big razor players can dictate price. It is going to become impossible to develop any software without it conflicting with the body of software patents being filed.

It is not in the consumer or public interest to let software development be dictated to by the resulting combination of mega-corporations and so-called intellectual holding entities ( the latter often having a surprising number of connections to the aforementioned mega-corporations).