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NoSoftwarePatents: Poland Does Not Support Current Proposal for EU Software Patent Directive

Nov 17, 2004, 19:30 (11 Talkback[s])

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Subsequently to a cabinet meeting, the Polish government officially declared yesterday evening that 'Poland cannot support the text that was agreed upon by the EU Council on May 18th, 2004' as a proposal for a 'directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions.' Consequently, the EU Council is unable to formally adopt that legislative proposal as its common position. Without the support of Poland, those countries that supported the proposal in May now fall short of a qualified majority by 16 votes. New voting weights took effect in the EU on the 1st of this month.

"After extensive consultations with organizations of IT professionals and the Polish Patent Office, the Polish cabinet concluded that the proposal at hand does not achieve the stated goals of limiting patents on software and business methods in Europe..."

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