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Linux Journal: Dutch Parliament Insists on Strict Tests for Software Patents

Mar 31, 2001, 13:12 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brenno De Winter)

"In a parliamentary hearing in the Netherlands two weeks ago, a majority of coalition and opposition party members of parliament instructed the Dutch secretary of state for economic affairs to arrange thorough obviousness and novelty tests in the patent system before allowing any software patents, and to actively promote this view in the European Union."

"This is one of the best moves the Dutch Parliament ever made with regards to Information Technology" said Luuk van Dijk, spokesman on software patents for the Dutch Open Source Society. In a novel display of hacker political power, the Open Source Society has been effectively lobbying Parliament on the software patent issue."

"The test criteria are to be drafted by FENIT, the dutch IT industry organisation, and VOSN, who got the item on the Dutch political agenda in the first place. Clearly the 30,000 existing software patents and their level of absurdity are now on the political agenda."

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