I guess the US isn’t the only place Open Source software is fighting for its existence.
“For the last few years the European Patent Office (EPO) has, contrary to the letter and spirit of the existing law, granted more than 30000 patents on computer-implemented rules of organisation and calculation (programs for computers). Now Europe’s patent movement is pressing to consolidate this practise by writing a new law. Europe’s programmers and citizens are facing considerable risks. Here you find the basic documentation, starting from a short overview and the latest news. “