EU software patents voted in, sort ofBy Chris Williams. Published: 26th Sep 2003, 11:55:22 | Permalink | Printable
Compromise soughtPreviously this month we ran an article on software patents in the EU and a controversial directive to allow 'computer implemented inventions' to be patentable. Earlier this week, the European parliament finally voted on the directive and voted in favour. Almost like the unbelievably disappointing and recently passed UK spam law, the directive is a compromise between either side of the heated debated.
The directive was re-worded so that, for instance, algorithms and business methods cannot be patented. The lovely legal spiel in the directive amendment reads, "Inventions involving computer programs which implement business, mathematical or other methods and do not produce any technical effect beyond the normal physical interactions between a program and the computer, network or other programmable apparatus in which it is run, shall not be patentable".
See below for more analysis.
European Parliament agrees on software patents from IDG
Software patents limited by European Parliament vote from out-law.com
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