I often hear, mostly from comments in online forums, that there are no software patents (yet) in the EU.
I wish it was so, but I am not convinced of this. I thought that, though the EU has not yet decided on a software patent policy, that left various country-specific software patent policies in place. So isn’t it true that there currently are software patents in some EU countries?
If there are no software patents in the EU, why does Thompson list several EU country-specific MP3 patents, and what’s the explanation for cases such as this:
Polizei sucht auf der CeBIT Produktpiraten: Apparently, a couple of days ago, German police raided 10 stands at CeBIT, confiscating digital cameras, navigation devices, mobile phones, and music players, on behalf of a company called Sisvel who claim that their MP3 patents are being violated. They did the same thing to SanDisk at IFA. Presumably this will show up on English-speaking sites soon.