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Nobody needs software patents, except patent trolls.
Writing code should be no crime - but with those thousands of patents its almost impossible to not interfere.
Examples of what can be patented in the EU:
- Selling over a mobile phone network - EP1090494
- Video streaming (segmented video on-demand) - EP633694
- Electronic shopping cart - EP807891