[ANSOL-geral]Re: [Direccao]Patentes...

Rui Miguel Seabra rms arroba ansol.org
Thu Sep 4 10:04:02 2003

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Jo=C3=A3o An=C3=B3nimo fez-nos uma pergunta sobre patentes =C3=A0 qual
respondemos o seguinte:

Boa tarde,

On Thu, 2003-09-04 at 09:26, Jo=C3=A3o An=C3=B3nimo wrote:
> Relativamente =C3=A0 proposta sobre as patentes, gostar=C3=ADa, se fosse =
poss=C3=ADvel, que
> me informassem se, caso esta proposta for aprovada, se algu=C3=A9m patent=
> como se efectuam o processamento de uma contabilidade, mais ningu=C3=A9m =
> desenvolver uma aplica=C3=A7=C3=A3o de contabilidade.

Devo primeiro chamar a aten=C3=A7=C3=A3o para o facto de n=C3=A3o sermos ad=
vogados pelo
que n=C3=A3o pode tomar uma opini=C3=A3o nossa como conselho jur=C3=ADdico.

No caso do software, est=C3=A3o envolvidas centenas ou mesmo milhares de
ideias, pelo que =C3=A9 improv=C3=A1vel que algu=C3=A9m sequer tente patent=
ear um
software de contabilidade, e =C3=A9 mesmo mais prov=C3=A1vel que ao fazer u=
software de contabilidade se esteja j=C3=A1 a violar algumas patentes j=C3=
concedidas, todas elas sem nada a ver directamente com contabilidade
tais como:

                    Adobe Patent on Tabbed Palettes
This patent, granted by the EPO in Aug 2001, has been used by Adobe to
sue Macromedia Inc in the US. The EP version took 6 years to examine,
and it was granted in full breadth, without any modification. It covers
the idea of adding a third dimension to a menu system by arranging
several sets of options behind each other, marked with tabs. This is
particularly found to be useful in image processing software of Adobe
and Macromedia, but also in The GIMP and many other programs.
Exemplo: http://www.jpherssens.easynet.be/BigDemo27Aug/demo/030827_7.JPG

Ou mesmo as barras de progresso:

Contudo, chamo a aten=C3=A7=C3=A3o para o facto de que o European Patent Of=
tem j=C3=A1 concedido patentes de software sobre outras pequenas ideias
"inofensivas" tais como:

One person tenders offers and confirms them within a determined deadline
if a bidder is found.

Anyone who replaces a price tag with a user-editable pricing function is
infringing on a patent in Europe. The following dependent claims let the
patentee become the owner of a large part of the problems of modern

This patent, granted to OpenMarket Inc by the European Patent Office in
2002 after 6 years of examination, is identical to a system which is
currently being used in the USA to squeeze money out of various
e-commerce companies.

Collect buyable items in a list and buy all of them at the end.

N=C3=A3o seria de surpreender que algu=C3=A9m patenteasse um m=C3=A9todo ma=
is r=C3=A1pido de
fazer a contabilidade com a assist=C3=AAncia de um computador, dado que j=
algu=C3=A9m patenteou o entregar prendas (pedidas pelo cliente e enviadas
pelo fornecedor do servi=C3=A7o) a terceiros:

Convidamos a visitar o site da FFII (Foundation for a Free Information
Infrastructure) sobre patentes de software em http://swpat.ffii.org/ e
que n=C3=A3o hesite em nos contactar.

Cumprimentos, Rui Seabra

+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
+ So let's do it...?

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