[Bglug] Software and/or Idea Patents in Canada

2006-09-06 20:00

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Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 10:48:16 -0400
From: Russell McOrmond
To: The Canadian Ubuntu Users Community
Subject: Re: To provide a non-US Ubuntu?

Rob Bowers wrote:
> Or something will react. Maybe Canada's patent policies will be made
> less ambiguous. The world would take note. In this case, it will have
> been a successful protest.

Canada's patent policies are even more confusing than the USA. In
the case of the USA it was the courts that expanded patent policy to
include software patents, re(or mis)interpreting what legislators were
intending with their patent act. In Canada it was the patent office
itself, trying to re-interpret the law and court precedent in such a
way to serve their special interests (more patents being filed means
more money for them). Patent lawyers, patent courts and patent
offices are all special interests in this area of policy, each
financially and otherwise benefiting from confusion in patent policy.

You can read some of this via http://www.flora.ca/patent2003/

The focus right now of policy work is on copyright policy given we
expect a bill to be tabled in the new parliament (IE: this fall). The
government has been busy during the summer working on this, so we will
see whether the Conservative bill is better or (more likely) worse than
the Liberal's Bill C-60.

If you haven't signed our 2 petitions and sent a letter to your MP,
please do so right now: http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/2360

If you have money to support (and direct) some people working on
this on your behalf, please become a member of CLUE: The Canadian
Association for Open Source http://www.cluecan.ca/why-join

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Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant:
Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property
rights as owners of Information Technology. Sign the petition!
http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/ict/

"The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware
manufacturers, can pry my camcorder, computer, home theatre, or
portable media player from my cold dead hands!"

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