The really scary thing about this is, that the
EU patent office has apparently been issuing software patents
for many years, against the law. If the proposal goes
through, all these (about 30,000) eventually become valid,
and that will have massive effects on all kinds of software.
RISC OS itself could easily infringe on some of these, even if
the features in question have been developed independently.
That patent office is a highly suspect place. More info here: