"The European Parliament's request for the software patent
directive to be started from scratch was ratified by senior members
of the Parliament on Thursday, but campaigners from both sides are
split on what will happen next.
"Earlier this month the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the
European Parliament demanded that the Computer Implemented
Inventions Directive be started from scratch. A Parliament
spokesman said on Thursday that this request was approved without
debate by the Conference of Presidents -- the President of the
Parliament and the chairmen of political groups -- and can now be
passed to the European Commission, which must decide whether to
agree to the request..."