Florian Mueller

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"Florian Mueller is a software developer and government affairs professional. In 2004, Florian founded the No Software Patents campaign, which contributed to the European Parliament's rejection of a proposal for European software patent legislation. At the time, Florian was an adviser to, and small shareholder in, MySQL AB, the company behind the popular open source database. For his forceful opposition to software patents, he received several awards, including the European Campaigner of the Year 2005 Award (Economist Group) and CNET UK's Outstanding Contribution to Software Development Award. Florian was twice nominated to Managing Intellectual Property magazine's annual list of the top 50 most influential people in IP." (http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/)