Sunday, April 25, 2004

Patent-busting urged

The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A civil-liberties group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, has launched a campaign to persuade the government to revoke patents it considers harmful to innovation and free expression by small businesses or nonprofit organizations.

EFF staff attorney Wendy Seltzer said, for instance, dozens of small retailers face lawsuit threats for using a virtual shopping cart on their Web sites.

EFF plans to choose what it deems the worst offenders and work to get the patents re-examined - and rescinded - by the government.

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