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Update: Software Patent Decision Withdrawn from Agricultural Council Agenda at Poland's Request

Dec 21, 2004, 15:43 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lucy Sherriff)

Update: According to the FFII.org web site, the patent directorive is now off the table. Thanks to reader Alain Empain for this tip:

FFII.org: Software Patent Decision Withdrawn from Agricultural Council Agenda at Poland's Request

"The Software Patent Directive has been withdrawn from the Agenda of the Agricultural Council. Poland's minister Marcinski requested it firmly at the beginning of the meeting. The Commissioner expressed regret, but the A-item has been deleted and will not be decided this year."

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The Register: Munich Asks Ministers to Drop EU Patent Vote

"The vote on the European Directive on software patents has, at the last minute, been moved to the afternoon session on the Agricultural and Fisheries Commission's meeting. The vote is now scheduled for around 3pm, Brussels time [1600 GMT/0900EST].

"The change in schedule follows a statement from the Mayor of Munich, calling on Germany's minister to have the directive taken off the agenda altogether. Mayor Christian Ude said he can see no reason for the Council to proceed with such haste..."

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