[Linux-aus] Rare opportunity on software patents

Ben Sturmfels ben at stumbles.id.au
Tue Oct 11 15:23:26 EST 2011

Hi Folks,

The Australian government is requesting comments in a review of 
"innovation patents". Submissions close *this Friday* 14 October. This 
is a rare opportunity to be heard.

Please write to <mail.acip at ipaustralia.gov.au>, explaining the problems 
of software patents and pointing out that "innovation patents" are the 
same, but worse. (I've added some notes below to help get you started.)

  1. Please focus on software patents only, not patents in general.
  2. Please BCC to <swpat at sturm.com.au>.
  3. Try get your colleagues and organisation to co-sign.

For more on the campaign, please visit:

The ACIP review:

Thanks for your help.

Ben Sturmfels

Ideas for your email
Please feel free use your own words and ideas too.

FYI: "Innovation patents" came about in 2000 as a replacement for "petty 
patents". They have a term of 8 years (std. patents 20 years), minimal 
examination and much lower barrier of "inventiveness" - easy to get, 
just as hard to defeat.

Intro ideas: software patents in general
  - you're in the software industry

  - patents on computation and information processing do the opposite of 
promoting innovation

  - harmful to both software industry and society

  - as such should be abolished

  - you're one of the thousands who signed the paper petition to the 
House of Representatives calling for this

Body ideas: "innovation patents" are the same but worse
  - pose all the same risks as standard patents

  - are worse because they have lower requirements for examination and 

  - should also be abolished

Closing ideas:
  - you wish you'd been aware of the 2009 Review of Patentable Subject 
Matter so you could have commented on that too

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