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24 Jan
More e-paperwork

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 94 16:08:40 PST
To: Fun_People
Subject: More e-paperwork

 From: vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU!bostic (Keith Bostic)
 From csa@WPI.EDU Mon Jan 24 10:50:07 1994
 From: Christopher Arthur <csa@WPI.EDU>
 Subject: [ Patent Survey]

I beg your indulgence once again.  This could be our last chance to
protect the software industry from irreparable damage by software
patents.  You don't have to be an LPF member to return this survey, or
to help protect your livelihood by sending email to (and cc'ing
so that they can show the patent office the combined weight of opinion,
as well).  If you would like to know more about (or support) the LPF
(the League for Programming Freedom, which exists solely to oppose
software patents and copyrights on user interfaces (they have nothing
against the usual sort of copyrights on software itself)), send email

Please also disseminate this letter to anyone you think might be
interested (anyone who develops software should be).

Resent-Date: Sun, 23 Jan 94 12:17:31 -0500
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From: (Chris Hofstader)
Subject: Patent Survey
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 94 12:17:31 -0500


The LPF is getting ready to testify at the patent office hearings in
San Jose.  It would be a terrific help if you could fill out this
survey and return it as soon as possible to aid us in this matter.



Information you provide will be forwarded to the patent office.

To be Filed out by Companies Only

Name of Company     :                       Contact Person :
Annual Revenue      :                       Email          :
Number of Employees :                       Phone          :

To be Filed out by Individuals Only

Name     :                                  Email :
Title    :                                  Phone :
Employer :

Companies and Individuals

Check all that apply:

    __  Consider software patents harmful to business interests.

    __  Consider software patents harmful to the software industry.

    __  Consider software patents harmful to the public interest.

    __  Favor making software non-patentable.

    __  Desire improvements in patent office procedures.

    __  Support a higher standard of novelty for software than that
        applied to other industries.

    __  Support significantly reducing the term for software patents:

            __ 1 year     __ 2 years    __ 3 years
            __ 4 years    __ 5 years    __ other :

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