"Opponents and proponents of European Union (EU) patent
extension to software met in Berlin Thursday to express their views
at the German Federal Ministry of Economy in Berlin."
"A panel of German software company representatives, patent
experts, academicians and members of the German Federal government
met to discuss the economic effects of software patents as well as
the effect of such patents on the IT community."
"Siemens and IBM joined independent patent experts and patent
office personnel in justifying the extension of the EU patent
system to software with legal means."