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Software Patents and the Financial Industry [WAS: Google payment plans]

From: Joseph Potvin <jpotvin@opman.ca>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:50:44 -0400
Message-ID: <CAKcXiSotv5p=KUBaReVYOGxAJ5rw84AeUf13x+Gky9ypSQZo7w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
+1 to Igor's comment.

Geography won't protect anyone from the software patents mess.

On this topic, see:

Meanwhile, BIG NEWS coming soon via the CLS Bank International v.
Alice Corporation case, referenced in the syllabus:

Joseph Potvin
Chair, OSI Working Group on Management Education About Free/Libre/Open
Methods, Processes and Governance
Operations Manager, The Opman Company
Mobile: 819-593-5983

On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:35 AM, Igor Schwarzmann
<igor@thirdwaveberlin.com> wrote:
> On 10 Apr 2014 at 13:29:51, Anders Rundgren (anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com)
> wrote:
> My own take on the strategy thing is skipping North America and the EU since
> their
> payment systems are extremely dated while the vendors have planted a virtual
> mine-field
> of patents to make it difficult for possible "newcomers". However, these
> patents are
> not respected in China, South America, Africa, etc. giving you a lot of
> advantages,
> not to mention that the market is 5-10 times bigger in terms of users.
> As you probably agree on, such considerations are _way_ outside what a
> traditional
> SDO like W3C could do.
> While I agree with your assertion of the status of the US and EU markets,
> your statement concerning the other markets, especially Africa, aren't quite
> correct. Fragmentation and an accerlated beauracratic apparatus made Africa
> fairly difficult as an entry point for newcomers, especially non-local ones.
> That's why the big telcos enter the market there by way of buying into it,
> not building new things.
> - Igor
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