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LinuxInsider: A Long-Term View: Software Should Be Patentable in Europe

Apr 07, 2005, 02:30 (16 Talkback[s])
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"The European Parliament and European Commission are in the midst of deciding whether software patents will be permitted in the EU. The Commission recently informed the Parliament that it would not redraft the proposed Computer Implemented Inventions Directive (CIID). The European Parliament must now decide if it will adopt the Directive as is, which would make software patentable in Europe.

"The Parliament might alternatively reject or amend the Directive. In other words, whether or not software is patentable in Europe is up in the air, as it has been since 2002 when the Directive began its journey through the legislative corridors of the EU..."

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