"The European Commission recently tolled the death knell for the
EU Software Patent Directive, or more precisely, the 'Directive on
the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions.'
"Like most Americans, I am fairly clueless about the EU
political process, and I wouldn't presume to write about exactly
how it was killed. But the decision may have been swayed by an
eleventh-hour public relations pitch against the directive by
open-source spokesmen from the United States. On that aspect, I
will add my two cents..."