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From: (Chris Hofstader)
Newsgroups: gnu.announce
Subject: Your Opinion on Software Patents
Date: 1 Feb 1994 02:23:48 -0500
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The Patent Office has issued a request for public comments on the
subject of software patents.

The League for Programming Freedom urges all parties interested in
this subject - irrespective of viewpoint - to express their opinions
to the patent office.

The League has established an email address and the following template
to make it easy for you to do this; simply reply to this message.

                                           Chris Hofstader
                                           Director LPF


To be Filed out by Companies Only

Name of Company     :                       Contact Person :
Annual Revenue      :                       Email          :
Number of Employees :                       Phone          :

To be Filed out by Individuals Only

Name     :                                  Email :
Title    :                                  Phone :
Employer :

Companies and Individuals

This template has been provided to assist you express your opinions.
It is not intended to constitute a survey.  Feel free to constructively
express your opinions in whatever way seems most appropriate.

Check all that apply:

    __  Consider software patents harmful to your company's interests.

    __  Consider software patents harmful to the software industry.

    __  Consider software patents harmful to the public interest.

    __  Favor making software non-patentable.

    __  Desire specific improvements in patent office procedures.

        State: __________________________________________________


    __  Support a higher standard of novelty for software than that
        applied to other industries.

    __  Support significantly reducing the term for software patents to:

            __ 1 year     __ 2 years    __ 3 years
            __ 4 years    __ 5 years    __ other :

Additional comments:









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