May 8, 2013
I’m immensely proud to be a New Zealand. Despite being a tiny country at the end of the earth we have historically shown the fortitude to make the big calls before others were willing to do so. The first country in the world to offer women the vote and the country that was prepared to stand up to the US and deny entry to nuclear armed ships. Our Prime Minister of the time, David Lange, despite immense pressure not to do so, argued against the very existence of nuclear weapons at the Oxford Union His words will forever be part of our collective memory and stand as an incredible display of courage in the face of immensely disproportionate political and economic power.
And today, once again, my country has stood up when it mattered and, despite massive pressure from some gigantic multinationals and the governments who would seem to be at their behest, has decided that software should be left out of the pending legislation around patents.
One only needs to look to the US and the truly bizarre situation of Nathan Myrhvold’s Intellectual Ventures, one of the best known, and least liked of the patent trolls, to see that software patents reduce innovation, prop up those who shouldn’t be and are detrimental to small companies. By making software non-patentable, my Government is making the industry do what it should – that is focus on moving fast, innovating well and giving customers the best solutions possible.
Ka pai New Zealand.