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FFII: EU Parliament Votes for Real Limits on Patentability

Sep 25, 2003, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])

"The day before the vote, CEC Commissioner Bolkestein had threatened that the Commission and the Council would withdraw the directive proposal and hand the questions back to the national patent administrators on the board of the European Patent Office (EPO), should the Parliament vote for the amendments which it supported today. 'It remains to be seen, whether the European Commission is committed to 'harmonisation and clarification' or only to patent owner interests,' says Hartmut Pilch, president of FFII. 'This is now our directive too. We must help the European Parliament defend it.'

"'The directive text as amended by the European Parliament clearly excludes software patents. It hangs together incredibly cohesively. I think we have done something amazing this week' exclaimed James Heald, a member of the FFII/Eurolinux software patent working group, as he put together the voted amendments into a consolidated version..."

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