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Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:04:00 +0000
From: "Poul-Henning Kamp" <>
To:, denis bider <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] patents

In message <>, denis bider writes:

>This may be getting kinda off-topic for this group, but in your opinion, 
>what are the reasons the US hasn't yet adopted a saner position on software

Large IT companies carry vast sums of "Intellectual Property"
in their balance sheets, some of which (how much is not in
public disclosures) is software patents.

We're talking enough billions of dollars, that if you declared
them null&void, the stock-market would tank big time.

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