E.U. Members Seek To Reverse Votes On Software Patents

Law360, New York (July 20, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Several members of the European Competitiveness Council have said they voted for the European Union's Software Patent Directive "by mistake" in May and are now seeking ways of reversing their positions.

One of the member states seeking to change its vote, the Netherlands, said it mistakenly thought the measure incorporated amendments approved by the European Parliament, which excluded patents for pure software.

Denmark, Germany, Poland and Portugal are also claiming their votes were mistaken.

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