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The Register: Linux bods petition over European patent laws

Aug 15, 2000, 02:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kieren McCarthy)

"Eurolinux.org, together with some other non-profit organisations, has produced an online petition for the European Parliament protesting against planned changes in European patent laws."

"We briefly touched on the topic last week in which the distinction between software in itself (which cannot be patented) and software that "achieves a technical effect" (which can) is being debated. It is down to the Internet's influence that the issue has become a hot topic."

"The petition also raises what it calls the "current track record of abuses" by the European Patent Office, accusing it of stretching its judicial powers. Its goal is to warn the European Parliament about the wider implications of a change in the law and it asks for a full report into related effects before any decisions are made."

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