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ZDNet UK: EU Software Patents: The Lesson of Victory

Feb 04, 2005, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Good news from Europe. The Computer Implemented Inventions Directive--the software patents law to you and me--has been defeated at the very last minute.

"What's remarkable isn't so much that the directive has been kicked out of play as the strength of the boot applied. The legal affairs committee voted by 19-2 to ask Parliament to withdraw it, an astonishing show of dissatisfaction for something within a whisker of being approved. It is admirable that the process can stop bad law at such a late stage, but sobering that it got so close..."

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