E.U. Software Patent Initiative Fails In Last-Minute Legislative Maneuver

Law360, New York (December 21, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Once again, European governments have failed to reach an agreement on legislation on software patents, a policy initiative with a tortuous history.

The proposed Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions, which addresses the issue of software patents, faced a vote on Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the E.U.’s Council on Agriculture and Fishery.

The vote represented the initiative’s last chance for adoption this year. It had been expected to be adopted without discussion, but a Polish representative to the Council asked for the...
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