I know this is quite political, but it's open source politics: A new initiative has been taken to propose a EU directive that prevents software patents. I have just signed the petition and invite you do to so as well. http://petition.stopsoftwarepatents.eu/
Remember to click the link in the email you will receive from them to confirm your signature.
Please don't start a flamewar of any kind here. But you are welcome to post any other comments.