It's not quite that clear cut in practice. It's certainly much harder to get them in the EU, but there are patents that have been issued and held up in court in the EU which are 'software patents' by any reasonable definition.
Originally Posted by daedaluz
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softwa...ent_Convention has a decent discussion. Note, for instance: "According to the jurisprudence of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO, a technical effect provided by a computer program can be, for example, a reduced memory access time, a better control of a robotic arm or an improved reception and/or decoding of a radio signal. It does not have to be external to the computer on which the program is run; reduced hard disk access time or an enhanced user interface could also be a technical effect."
Veerappan, that's why I use fedora, not only it provides free software, fedora help the upstream projects; and help create free alternatives like nouveau.
Originally Posted by Veerappan
The patent system should change; if a patent is infringing this should not become an extortion means like we have now. Instead the patent holder must inform and give the infringer a month's time to remove the patent code; even after being informed, if the infringer does not removes the patented code, then the patent holder may claim for damages. That would be ideal in a fair world. But currently patents are designed to loot others.
What Redhat is doing is the redhat's right; but I was answering about why ubuntu is popular and not who is right or wrong.