European Software Patents - Update

Theresa Villiers MEP is the second MEP to respond to my earlier concerns...
Ms Villiers wrote an informative and straightforward letter, and also included some Parliamentary Questions tabled by her during her campain. She writes that this is an important issue which must be handled correctly to safeguard IT and innovation, and says:

"Throughout this debate, I have sought to adopt an "innovation-friendly" approach and to balance the competing factors of (i) consumer choice, (ii) innovation and entrepreneurial freedom and (iii) protecting the rights of authors, inventors and right-holders."

She goes on to say, "I oppose generic patenting of software in Europe."

From what she has said, I guage that Ms Villiers is active on this issue. She cites particular examples of the work she has done on this issue, and also describes what she is, and is not, in favour of. She also somewhat aligns herself with open source community figureheads, and cites the protection already provided by Copyright.

So, well done to Ms Villiers for a prompt, informed and well documented response. Not sure about the practice of having a picture of one's self on one's letterhead though ;-)

Submitted by coofercat on Fri, 2003-10-03 00:53