August 22, 2001

Dutch Open Source Society, industry group offer software patent compromises

Author: JT Smith

From Linux Journal: "Early this year the Parliament of the Netherlands asked the Dutch Open Source Society (VOSN) and FENIT, the Dutch IT company federation, to work
together on criteria for excluding trivial patents. Now these criteria have been presented.

The negotiation was an example of the Netherlands' Polder Model, where all parties try and listen to each other's points of view, and special attention is
given to those issues on which parties agree. Sometimes this can lead to remarkable results, where otherwise little or no effect was to be expected."

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