The European Patent Office (EPO) is a curious body. Despite its
name, it is not the patent office for the European Union (EU) in the
same way that the USPTO handles patents in the US. As its history page explains:
I have been a technology journalist and consultant for 30 years, covering
the Internet since March 1994, and the free software world since 1995.
One early feature I wrote was for Wired in 1997:
The Greatest OS that (N)ever Was.
My most recent books are Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution, and Digital Code of Life: How Bioinformatics is Revolutionizing Science, Medicine and Business.