Business Software Alliance
Business Software Alliance (BSA) is a union of software companies. It lobbies for software patents.
In the EU software patent directive, when the European Commission published their first draft text (which the Commission should have written themselves) the author field of the file's properties had the name of the BSA lobbyist Francisco Mingorance.
2005 SME patent study
In June 2005, the BSA published a study showing that only 20% of software patents granted by the European Patent Office go to SMEs.
The study also showed that the majority of software patents granted by the EPO were to non-European companies.
Of course, since the findings don't support their policy, the BSA had to dress it up, such as in their press release: Study shows importance of cii patents for european small- and medium-sized companies.
And the study said that "computer-implemented inventions" was another term for software patents.
Related pages on ESP Wiki
- FFII's page about BSA (and another one)
- BSA figures do not add up, June 24th 2005 (and page 2)
- FFII PR: BSA: Only 20% of CII are SME-owned, CII equals swpat in the US, about the 2005 study
- BSA's brief for the Supreme Court in the Bilski case, 2009
- BSA's brief for the CAFC in the Bilski case, 2008
- "Links". http://web.archive.org/web/20061118081436/www.bsa.org/patents/Links.cfm. "www.patents4innovation.org www.campaignforcreativity.org Campaign for Creativity BLOG"