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Fri Oct 12 11:57:42 CEST 2007

  "[...] Both patents and standards derive their justification from the
   public benefit, yet upholding one deprives the other of its
   function. Standards seek to counteract monopolies, patents establish
   them. Or, as Tomoko Miyamoto, Senior Counsellor of the Patent Law
   Section in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said
   in her presentation: Patent thickets and patent hold-ups arise from
   legitimate exploitation of the exclusive rights intentionally
   conferred by patents. They are a normal and intended consequence of
   the patent system.  [...]"

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About the Free Software Foundation Europe

   The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
   non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
   involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
   participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
   the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
   Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
   furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
   modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
   issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
   people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central
   issues of the FSFE.

   You will find further information about the work of the FSFE at


    * Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57
    * Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73
    * Sweden: +46 31 7802160
    * Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66
    * UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7

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