[ffii] patent propaganda in Yahoo

Hartmut Pilch phm at a2e.de
Wed Jun 18 10:09:42 CEST 2003

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Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 09:35:53 +0200 (CEST)
From: PILCH Hartmut <phm at a2e.de>
To: matthew.newman at dowjones.com
Cc: patents at aful.org, info at yahoo.com
Subject: [Patents] patent propaganda in Yahoo

Dear Mr. Newman,


        Yahoo: EU Improves Software Patent, But Outlaws Amazon One Click</a>

you report deceptive statements from various patent lawyers to create
a misleading general impression of the situation.

A more truthful heading would have been

        Yahoo: EU to blur Patentability Standard, legalise Amazon One Click

There can be no doubt that One-Click, according to the proposed new
rules, is a "computer-implemented invention".   If it is not granted a
patent, then for the same reasons as in the US: non-novelty,

Your interview partners know this.

Even the European Commission admits it (somewhat misunderstandably) in
an FAQ.

Couldn't you strive for some more balanced journalism, at least ask
also the critics what they think?

You find more details about the decision via


under "Latest News".

There is also a statement from a senior SAP developper which sounds
quite different from what Mr. Hagedorn (SAP patent attorney) told you.

I am cc-ing to a mailing list whose archive you find at


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be able to inform your readers more adequately in the future.

Hartmut Pilch, FFII & Eurolinux Alliance              tel. +49-89-18979927
Protecting Innovation against Patent Inflation	     http://swpat.ffii.org/
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