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Fwd: Amazon against software patents


>Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 15:27:39 +0100
>From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
>To: freesw@conecta.it
>Subject: [Freesw] Amazon against software patents

>Open letter from Jeff Bezos
>what I have
>in mind: 
>1. That the patent laws should recognize that business method and
>software patents are fundamentally different than other kinds of
>2. That business method and software patents should have a much
>shorter lifespan than the current 17 years -- I would propose 3 to 5
>years. This isn't like drug companies, which need long patent windows
>because of clinical testing, or like complicated physical processes,
>where you might have to tool up and build factories. Especially in the
>age of the Internet, a good software innovation can catch a lot of
>wind in 3 or 5 years.