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Heise Online: Software Patents: Getting Ready for "P Day"

Feb 09, 2005, 14:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stefan Krempl, Craig Morris)

"February 17 could be the decisive day for the future of the controversial directive on the patentability of 'computer-implemented inventions.' Last week, the legal committee of the EU Parliament paved the way for the complete restart of the whole process, thus widening the gap greatly between it and the Commission and the Council.

"The next steps in the EU Parliament are the easiest to predict. On the morning of February 17, the 'Conference of Presidents' will convene, with chairmen from the committees attending along with parliamentary President Josep Borrell. In all likelihood, this Conference will accept the motion by the coordinators of the legal commission to file for re-consultation of the guideline by the Commission..."

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