http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/dev ... investmenthttp://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/new ... protection
The above are pro-software patent statements made by Microsoft and the NZICT which includes Cisco, Dell, ExpressData, Gen-i, Hewlett Packard, Kordia, IBM, Ingram Micro, Microsoft, Unisys, and Vodafone among its membership. It would be good for us to come up with a decent press release rebutting the arguments in those articles. I don't have time to go through it now (it's late and I'm trying to get work done) but the general gist is that programmers and investors need patent protection or they will be afraid of having their ideas stolen. We should come up with rebuttals about how the same are afraid to invest due to fears of patent mines and see if we can come up with some good NZ internet start ups that didn't have patents when they became famous (can we check that for companies such as trademe, adult dating services, etc?) The very fact that those companies did *not* have patents and grew and became huge will help to bolster out position, and I would like to be able to challenge the opposition to come up with new zealand startups that got big with the help of software patents.
Please post back and hopefully we can get something good out quickly.
Oh ... and American companies as well. Let's come up with a laundry list of huge companies in the states that did not have software patents until *after* they became huge. The companies mentioned above will be a very good start. Anyone know how to search the US and NZ patents to see what a particular company has and when it filed its first patents?