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Financial Times: EU Plans for Software Patents Hit Fresh Obstacle

May 18, 2005, 16:45 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Plans to issue new European Union rules on patents for the software industry have hit a fresh obstacle, with a European parliament report urging changes to the law that would make it more difficult for many high-technology companies to register patents for their inventions.

"The proposed amendments put parliament on a collision course with groups such as Nokia, Philips and Siemens. They could also spark a fierce battle with EU member states, who backed a more industry-friendly regime earlier this year..."

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