Companies List

  • Intelligent Firmware Ltd, Michael Krech, Hinckley, UK, "Please no software patents in Europe, else I will have to relocate my company!"
  • Elsec, William Hall, Gillingham, Gillingham, Dorset, UK, "Too many large companies patent obvious and/or well known algorithms and design features and then have more money to spend on lawyers to suppress competition."
  • Sirius Corporation Ltd, Mark Taylor, Bracknell, UK, "My 6y.o. daughter understands the difference between physical things, and ideas, matter and mind. Apparently paid-for lobbyists and lawyers want the rest of us to forget this distinction and apply a system, patents, designed for the world of things to the world of ideas, throttling innovation and pushing small and medium business out of markets to the benefit of the globalist elites. Imagine the Ancient Greek Dramatists had patented their plot ideas… You could kiss Western Literature goodbye - no Shakespeare, no Jane Austin, hell, not even JK Rowling. Like a bad horror movie, this one just keeps rising from the dead. Don’t let the globalists throttle entrepreneurs in their endless pursuit of rent."
  • Ruschinziketal Limited, Jens Rasch, Cromac Square, UK, "As director of a software development company I am strongly against software patents of any kind."
  • Adit Limited, Mike Griffiths, Shrewsbury, UK, "Software patents kill innovation. Hardware patents have proven useful over the years as a stimulus to industry and creativity - pushing new developments. Software patents have a blanket effect stifling creativity and technical advances - as any observer of the patent scene in the USA would note."
  • Tree of life Enterprises, Tim Dickson, Campebeltown, UK, "Software patents stifle innovation and effectively disproportionately tax smaller businesses. Also, a large portion (of s/w patents) cannot even demonstrate originality. Practically it is like preventing the use of mathematics to solve problems. This will stifle entrepreneurs and software development in the UK, just at a time when increased development is especially useful to the UK economy."
  • Magnetised Ltd, Garry Hill, Belfast, UK, "After years watching in disbelief the insanity of the American patent system where patent trolls make it impossible for hard-working, innovative new businesses to prosper, I find it incredible that any legislature could even consider this idea. Software patents make it impossible for small companies to compete as we cannot afford lawyers. Even the threat of a patent lawsuit would be enough to shut-down a new product or innovation from anything but the largest corporations. Software patents are anti-competitive. Software patents are immoral. Software patents are absurd. They have no place in the EU."
  • Saxonica Ltd, Michael Kay, Reading, UK, "Software patents are an anti-competitive weapon used by large software companies to fight off the threat from innovative start-ups. We must absolutely resist them if we want a thriving UK software industry with freedom of choice for consumers."
  • Gladserv, Brett Sheffield, Glasgow, UK, "Software patents stifle development in our industry, and only benefit large corporations that can afford to assemble large portfolios of patents. Unlike copyright, it is possible to violate a patent without even knowing, simply by implementing simple and obvious functionality in a program that happens to be covered by a patent. Remember when Amazon tried to claim a patent on single-click online shopping? It was granted in the US, but declined in Europe. The Unitary Patent system could mean patents like this coming into effect here."
  • Homechip Ltd, Nigel Titley, Milton Keynes, UK, "Software patents have been shown to stifle innovation in the development of software, particularly where a company is allowed to patent obvious and well-known algorithms. The industry thrives on cross fertilisation and attempts to limit it result in sterility and slow death."
  • Aleph One Ltd, Laurie van Someren, Cambridge, UK, "Patent Trolls are a nasty threat to small companies that do original work."