Stallman crashes European Patent session
Software freedom activist Richard Stallman made an unexpected appearance at a European Patent Office presentation in Brisbane today.
Stallman, pictured, who was also due to address the World Computer Congress later in the day, carried a placard that said: “Don’t get caught in software patent thickets”.
He briefly interrupted a presentation by European Patent Officer Ralf Abbing, who spoke about the “big issues in IP in relation to computing technology”.
In his presentation, Abbing outlined the requirements for software patent applications under the European Patent Convention (EPC).
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