Note: This website was part of FFII's successful campaign to defuse the EU software patent directive in 2005. It is not updated anymore.

Why we are More Innovative without Software Patents

Testimonies from the Economic Majority

Håkon Wium Lie
Håkon Wium Lie
Opera Software
"Patents hamper innovation and interoperability on the World Wide Web" read more
Pierre Haren
Pierre Haren
Ilog
"European companies prefer pressure to improve constantly over risk of patent infringment." read more
Danny Fröberg
Danny Fröberg
Forest Star
"Patents are nails in the coffin for the VoIP telephony industry" read more
Marten Mickos
Marten Mickos
MySQL
"Software patents are not a good way to protect intellectual property" read more
Thomas Wünsche
Thomas Wünsche
EMS-Thomas Wünsche
"Automotive Software needs Copyright, not Patents." read more
Jan Hichert
Jan Hichert
Astaro
"There are hundreds of patents for firewalls that have been granted" read more
Terje Laugerud
Terje Laugerud
CIBER Europe
"Our 1200 consultants want to hand over solutions without liabilities." read more
Hauke Duden
Hauke Duden
Ashampoo
"Software patents are a big problem in the multimedia field" read more
Jean-Paul Smets
Jean-Paul Smets
Nexedi
"We need business method patents to pay less taxes." read more
Vincent Deffontaines
Vincent Deffontaines
INL
"Patent litigation would mean the end to young innovative companies like ours." read more
Sascha Frick
Sascha Frick
Empros
"Patents are a nightmare for industrial automation." read more
Stéfane Fermigier
Stéfane Fermigier
Nuxeo
"Patents increase our costs by 30-50%, for the sole benefit of US competitors" read more
Jordi Fabra
Jordi Fabra
Intransys
"Software patents only leads to monopolies, bad and expensive software" read more
Wolfgang Wopperer
Wolfgang Wopperer
mindmatters
"Patents make individual software impossible" read more
Klaus Schmidinger
Klaus Schmidinger
CadSoft
"Software patents enable big companies to do with smaller companies whatever they like" read more
Bert Bril
Bert Bril
dGB
"In many areas, straightforward advancement is simply blocked by disgustingly trivial patents" read more
Koen Martens
Koen Martens
Sonologic
"The choice is contracting locally with companies like mine or off-shoring to India" read more
Winfried Schäfer
Winfried Schäfer
Pentaprise GmbH
"We welcome the approach to exlude data processing from patentability" read more
Heinz-Jürgen Oertel
Heinz-Jürgen Oertel
port GmbH
"Open Solutions are not compatible with permanent monopolies on quasi standards" read more
Aiste Kesminaite
Aiste Kesminaite
POV
"Software patents will make us unable to provide benefit for the community" read more
Marco Schulze
Marco Schulze
Nightlabs
"Software should be protected as literary works" read more
Hanno Zulla
Hanno Zulla
epublica
"Software patents will turn our daily business into an unpredictable danger zone" read more
Robert Virkus
Robert Virkus
Enough Software
"SMEs cannot afford ongoing legal battles even if they are right" read more
Tim Kuijsten
Tim Kuijsten
Netsend
"Software patents will cause more unnesessary overhead and slows down innovation." read more
Peer Heinlein
Peer Heinlein
Heinlein GmbH
"Softwarepatents would force us to stop our developments" read more
Mathias Conradt
Mathias Conradt
SYSVISION GmbH
"Software patents will clog innovation in the whole sector" read more
Pieter Hintjens
Pieter Hintjens
iMatix
"Software patents are expropriation" read more
Toni Müller
Toni Müller
Öko.neT
"From our point of view, patents will stifle development and render users stranded with inferior solutions." read more
Marek Kralewski
Marek Kralewski
tuxwerk.de
"Software patents would lead to 'no progress' for our customers." read more
Klaus Rambold
Klaus Rambold
MobiMedia AG
"Patents on software will lead to another monopol in the software market" read more
Ian Lynch
Ian Lynch
IRL
"Software patents kill the incentive for entrepreneurs to innovate" read more
Stefan Pollmeier
Stefan Pollmeier
ESR Pollmeier
"The Council's directive would entangle industrial automation in far-reaching monopolies and money-burning nul-sum games." read more
Andrej Mertelj
Andrej Mertelj
Datalab
"The Council's directive draft is deterring our financiers" read more
Dr. Oswald Roemer
Dr. Oswald Roemer
pdv TAS GmbH
"Software patents are superfluous" read more
Brad Richards
Brad Richards
Kraan and Richards
"Most software patents are for techniques that are obvious to any competent programmer" read more
Toby Churchill
Toby Churchill
Toby Churchill Ltd
"We oppose software patenting" read more
Carsten Rasmussen
Carsten Rasmussen
Silicide ApS
"Software patents also affect hardware design companies" read more
Julian Coccia
Julian Coccia
CISL Gruppen AB
"Software patents would increase the development costs of new products" read more
Dirk Hillbrecht
Dirk Hillbrecht
cantamen GmbH
"The draft directive of the council brings no advantages, but fundamental unsecurities." read more
Sebastian Keseling
Sebastian Keseling
Keseling Software
"Small enterprises do not have the financial ressources to go to court with patent issues" read more
Dominik Pesch
Dominik Pesch
11com7
design & media GmbH
"The existence of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) like 11com7 will be at risk because of software patents" read more
Johannes Sommer
Johannes Sommer
Sommer Communication
"The liability risks within patent infringement are so serious, that we will concentrate on consulting and content service for the time being" read more
Silvan Rehberger
Silvan Rehberger
youngbrain: GmbH
"Software patents are a prohibition of free thought" read more
Stefan Richter
Stefan Richter
freiheit.com
"Software patents offer the possibility for patent trolls and enterprise companies to push small, innovative companies out of the market" read more
Laszlo Mihalka
Laszlo Mihalka
Data Minings Mihalka
"My business is based on affordable products of small companies" read more
Ralf Stiegelmeier
Ralf Stiegelmeier
IXOPEN Technology
"One court process is enough to force us to close our business" read more
József Hontvári
József Hontvári
Solware IT Ltd.
"A bigger company could easily bankrupt us purely by fictitious accusations" read more
Björn Eggstein
Björn Eggstein
combit GmbH
"Guarantees of copyright have been endangered" read more
Ashant Chalasani
Ashant Chalasani
Wapsol GmbH
"No patents - more innovative freedom" read more
Harald Schumacher
Harald Schumacher
ABC-System GmbH
"Software patents would annihilate our work of 10 years" read more
Paul Brown
Paul Brown
Linux New Media
"In the long run, the whole IT area would suffer" read more
Philippe Loeve
Philippe Loeve
STEM
"Any suspicion of patent infringement could kill a small company" read more
Francesc Altet
Francesc Altet
Carabos Coop.
"We say NO to software patents!" read more
Alexander Boukouris
Alexander Boukouris
Plasma Computers Ltd.
"Software Patents, are going to eliminate small and medium size companies. It would be a disaster for the upcoming Greek Electronic Business." read more
Marcell Gal
Marcell Gal
XDSL Ltd Hungary
"Given the sheer number of trivial and meaningless patents already granted (illegally) by the EPO, avoiding infringement is likely impossible even for the simplest products" read more
Eduardo Diaz Comellas
Eduardo Diaz Comellas
Ultreia Comunicaciones
"Software patents will make our business too risky to continue" read more
Alejandro Bonet
Alejandro Bonet
Bable Informatica S.L.
"Do not write a law just for one person" read more
Olivier Ishacian
Olivier Ishacian
Pixware
"If software patents are voted in Europe, we will stop developing and selling software products." read more
Ansgar H. Licher
Ansgar H. Licher
LWsystems GbR
"No softwarepatents, more jobs, more opportunities, more variety, more security" read more
Jorge Arcas
Jorge Arcas
Warp Networks S.L.
"Software patents are yet another tool for big companies to kill small ones" read more
Matthias Urlichs
Matthias Urlichs
noris network AG
"Risk of software patents are incalculable" read more
Hans-Jrgen Stber
Hans-Jrgen Stber
pitcom GmbH
"software patents threaten innovation and jobs" read more
Cor Nouws
Cor Nouws
Nou&Off
"Less innovation, less competition, more risk." read more
Rafael Martín<br/> de Agar Tirado
Rafael Martín
de Agar Tirado
Emergya Consultoría
"We would be in real trouble if software patents existed." read more
Bruno Berthelet
Bruno Berthelet
Hasgard
"We request that our MEPs radically refuse the Council's proposal." read more
Ivan Havlicek
Ivan Havlicek
Modulix
"It is essential that members of Parliament return to the version of the bill which was adopted on first reading." read more
Roberto Bonino
Roberto Bonino
Adance
"Extending patents to software will protect large marketing investments rather than innovation" read more
Heike Manns
Heike Manns
MDP IT GbR
"Patents are the weapon of legal higwayman" read more
Jrg F. Wittenberger
Jrg F. Wittenberger
Softeyes GmbH
"Software patents challenge our legal understanding" read more
Andreas Koch
Andreas Koch
IWUD GmbH
"Software patents hinder engineering companies - not only in IT-sector" read more
Achim Below
Achim Below
Mare Personal
"Software patents would limit employment" read more
Ernesto Revilla
Ernesto Revilla
SICEm
"SMEs, like the ours, will have to walk through mined fields" read more
Michael Kay
Michael Kay
Saxonica Ltd.
"Software patents are the biggest risk to my business - such a big risk that no insurance company will offer me cover." read more
François GILBERT
François GILBERT
Sciences Com'
"Our teaching engineering and our projects of development depend on Free Software, directly threatened by the software patents directive" read more
Gerard Vanderveken
Gerard Vanderveken
Ghia bvba
"Patents will be a roadblock to the expansion of our sector" read more

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