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UK Firms Support on EU Patent Proposal, Meets with Irked Developers

Dec 15, 2004, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Jaques, Ingrid Marson)

vnunet: Whitehall Denies Backing US-style Software Patents

"The UK government yesterday flatly denied that it has backed controversial plans to impose a US-style patent system on software developers.

"However, seemingly at odds with the denial, Minister for Science and Innovation Lord Sainsbury outlined the government's 'firm commitment to a patent system which fosters and supports innovation in all areas of technology, including inventions which rely on software...'"

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ZDNet UK: Developers Angry Over Software Patent 'Evasion'

"A meeting held at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday to clarify the proposed Computer Implemented Inventions Directive left software developers angry that their concerns still haven't been addressed.

"DTI Minister Lord David Sainsbury said the meeting had been called to address the concerns of those who had written to their MPs about the issue..."

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