physics - 8:00 pm on Aug 13, 2005 (gmt 0)
Does the fact that I am based in Europe protect me in any way from these types of lawsuits?
Yup, as far as I know it still does: EU Parliament bins software patent bill [theregister.co.uk]
The European Parliament has voted by a massive majority to reject the software patents directive, formally known as the Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions. The vote to scrap the bill was passed by a margin of 648 votes to 14, with 18 abstentions.