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We, the undersigned:

  • believe that innovation is hindered, not helped, by software patents;
  • believe that the current clause 10A(2) of the Patents Bill undermines the exclusion of software patents;
  • request that Commerce Minister Craig Foss alter the Supplementary Order Paper for the Patents Bill currently awaiting its second reading before NZ Parliament to read as follows:
    10A(2): Subsection (1) does not prevent an invention that makes use of an embedded computer program from being patentable.
# Comment
81 Jevon Wright Sole Trader
82 Nigel Stanger University of Otago
83 Colin Taylor SMX “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.” Thomas Jefferson.
84 Kevin Prince Personal capacity I am involved professionally in the use of software for assistive technoogy. This signature is in my personal capacity. If software can be patented then it will restrict the ability of those who require alternate access to make the necessary alterations.
85 Carl Stuart Leichter Ngaura Technologies We're a software startup and we oppose this legislation.
86 Scott Nesbitt sole trader
87 Robert Coup Koordinates Limited Software patents continue to be a major problem for innovation around the world and for some of New Zealand's most successful software companies. The Commerce Select Committee unanimously agreed to exclude software from patentability in New Zealand. We need to make sure that is what happens, for the sake of our industry. Think back 20 years to 1992... Windows 3.1 was just released, and there was no Internet. Technology is developing so quickly - how could we possibly choose to stifle innovation in software for 20 years? NZ developers can not afford lawsuits around the vague fuzziness and massive "reach" of software patents.
88 Chris Burgess Giant Robot
89 Ben Kepes Diversity Limited
90 Vik Olliver Diamond Age Solutions Ltd. Patents are no longer appropriate as our technology moves too quickly. They were meant to encourage innovation, not to be used as a blunt weapon to launch against the competition.
91 Leon Strong SMX/Sole Trader Software patents as they stand are more often than not used as weapons, rather than protecting the investment of a patenting organization, if they're allowed at all, their scope & duration should be severely limited.
92 Greg Hewgill sole trader As a software practitioner for 25+ years, I oppose the idea of the patentability of software. Patents as implemented today stifle software innovation; by rejecting the patentability of software we can encourage more rapid growth of the software development community within New Zealand.
93 Alan Howard ImpelHR Patenting software (or carelessly allowing patents to apply to the wrong class of software) only stifles innovation. The language in section 10A needs to be tightened up for the good of the industry.
94 David Moorhouse Moorhouse Works Ltd
95 Phil Shipley Personal
96 Timothy McNamara Individual Software patents are an unhelpful transaction cost of when operating in an industry that requires very little capital to reach market.
97 Eliot Blennerhassett sole trader
98 Thomas Steven Howard Thomas Steven Howard
99 Anatoly Kern Sole Trader Good start, but it is still a compromise and I do not agree with the reasonings for making an exemption for embedded software. It can easily include close to everything like mobile phones, tablets. F P is a bad example. At least we need a proper definition of embedded computer program added to the Bill.
100 Michael Proper ClearFoundation We moved our business to New Zealand in late 2011 as we thought New Zealand understood the waist and stifling that Software Patent laws cause. If New Zealand recognizes Software Patents we will move our business away from New Zealand. Best regards, Michael Proper CEO :: Chairman :: Schedule :: Skype :: michael.proper NZ Cell :: 027.645.3009
101 Robert Wallace sole trader
102 Andrew Long Know Social Media
103 Evan Martin Extensity Group
104 Frank Graham Pitt
105 Hugh Gordon Cooper Individual
106 Aaron Barnes
107 Isaac Johnston SMX
108 James Bowles
109 Glenn Ramsey Componic Ltd
110 Ben Bradshaw
111 Kai Koenig Ventego Creative Ltd
112 Luke Howison sole trader
113 Rick Shera Lawgeeknz I despair for our legislative process if we are purposely including provisions that we know are ambiguous, cannot be immediately understood by ordinary people impacted by them and will only be able to be properly understood in the New Zealand context by some poor sap having to spend scarce software development money on going to Court.
114 Haden Hansen
115 Samuel Burke
116 Cheng Eu Chew
117 Roy Britten I've been developing software for over 10 years; my employer is one of NZ's largest software exporters. Software patents are harmful to the industry and should most definitely be excluded form the Bill.
118 Hayden Curran sole trader
119 Wendy Allison
120 Ross Hamblin sole trader