[linux-elitists] EU software patents

Mikael Pawlo mikael@pawlo.com
Tue Jun 17 14:56:47 PDT 2003


Hi Elitists,
Feel like doing some patent cross-licensing before you start coding?

I haven't heard much about this today, but it looks like the EU is 
heading towards software patentability in a speed-boat (or whatever 
vehicle you use for such stupidity).

  The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament today voted 
in favour of MP Arlene McCarthy's proposal for a new EU patent 
directive (well, they approved of McCarthy's report on the subject). 
The new patent directive may increase the scope of patentability for 
software.

The coalition the Greens has issued a statement claiming 'unlimited 
patents will be disastrous for the European software industry and 
SMEs'.

See:
http://grep.law.harvard.edu/article.pl?sid=03/06/17/142245&mode=flat
and in Swedish chef style:
http://www.gnuheter.com/article.php?sid=2546

Best regards,

Mikael



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