European Union Postpones Decision On Software Patents

Law360, New York (September 26, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A decision-making panel of the European Union has once again postponed a decision on a controversial proposal to introduce software patents in the region.

Last week, the Competitiveness Council dropped from its agenda discussion of a political compromise over the controversial draft Directive On The Patentability Of Computer-Implemented Inventions, according to the Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament.

Instead, the issue will be referred back to Coreper – the committee for E.U. permanent representative offices – for further technical discussion, the Greens said....
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