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From: c...@gnu.ai.mit.edu (Chris Hofstader)
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Subject: Your Opinion on Software Patents
Date: 1 Feb 1994 02:23:48 -0500
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All,

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.

                                   Thanks,
                                           Chris Hofstader
                                           Director LPF

YOUR OPINION ON SOFTWARE PATENTS
================================

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:

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________

Mail this message to lpf-pto-lett...@prep.ai.mit.edu

[The League undertakes to relay all input it receives to the patent
office.  If you prefer you may choose to send mail directly to
the patent office by using the address comments-softw...@uspto.gov
instead of lpf-pto-lett...@prep.ai.mit.edu]

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