"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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