René Holzer comments on the election of the "software patent of August":
René Holzer is Managing Director and owner of Nutzwerk GmbH from Leipzig. He answered the questions of nosoftwarepatents-award:
Which objectives has Nutzwerk pursued with the application for DE10048113?
R.Holzer: The objective of Nutzwerk consisted in protecting the investments
in co-workers and equipment for a certain period of time. Due to the
strong competition from the USA, the patent offered the opportunity
to develop in Germany a core technology for the internet and to make
it ready for marketing in stages of a few years.
Which are the practical uses that Nutzwerk relates to owning the patent DE10048113 and other
R.Holzer: The patent offers the opportunity to build up and to hold a
monopoly on a certain market segment.
In the case of DE10048113: Has Nutzwerk acquired any experience concerning patent infringements or has the company reckoned with it?
R.Holzer: The experience with patent infringements is considered
Which are the measures taken by Nutzwerk against the companies, e.g. competitors, which infringe software
patents such as DE10048113?
R.Holzer: Each infringement on our patent must be individually verified and
individually decided upon. We do not have a generally applicable
To what extent does Nutzwerk think to use the software patents as negotiation material for cross licensing agreements if Nutzwerk is, for example, attacked in accordance with the patent
law by other companies or competitors?
R.Holzer: We do not plan to use the patent as negotiation material in the
negotiations – of any kind – with competitors.
Which comprehensive strategy does Nutzwerk apply with regard to the application and the property of software-related
R.Holzer: The development of technologies over several years is very
difficult in Germany. Our competitors in the USA have much more
financial means at their disposal to finance the technologies for
years and to make them ready for marketing. The company Nutzwerk
with the headquarters in Leipzig has never intended to relocate its
headquarters in the USA. Nevertheless, the patent protection makes
it possible to develop in Germany technologies for the internet,
because it significantly facilitates the financing possibilities.
This depends to a great extent on the mentality of the German banks
and the venture capital decision-makers who give foreign capital
only under conditions of complete safety.