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Answer to Community Patent Consultation

Below is the email I sent in response to Community Patent Consultation organized by the FFII.
Dear All Concerned,

As a small businessman who started out as an entrepreneur out of university I currently employ 5 people. We serve reputable customers in Germany, providing them customized WLAN/802.11/Wireless network solutions.

We started our business with EUR 25,000 of capital from personal savings and family contributions. We never received any funding from an external investor and never a loan from a bank.

We did about 2 million EUR of revenue over the past 4 years of activity. And as a business owner I have never been as motivated about the future as I am today!

ALL THIS HAS BEEN POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF FREE SOFTWARE.

Starting out from zero, we were able to rely on the abundance of useful free software contributed by thousands of programmers worldwide. We stood on their giant shoulders and shaped their creations to suit the needs of our target customer group. When possible we gave back to …