Eurolinux Alliance Launches Pan-European Petition Against Software Patents

The Eurolinux Alliance, a coalition of European software companies and open source associations, has launched a pan-European petition to keep Europe free from software patents. The petition is receiving support from commercial software publishers in several countries. The EuroLinux Alliance also published a document called 'The EuroLinux File on Software Patents' which highlights the negative impact of software patents on innovation and competition. The document is based on thorough economic and legal analysis and exhibits clear evidence of the dangers posed by software patents. The petition will be formally filed within three months at the European Parliament.