E.U. Move Raises Ire Of Software Patent Foes

Law360, New York (October 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Activist groups are protesting what they see as an underhanded effort to legalize software patents in Europe despite repeated rejections by the European Parliament. Proponents of the long-awaited community patent say the opponents are simply confusing the issue.

Groups like the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure claim that the creation of a centralized patent process in the European Union, as proposed by the Community Patent legislation, would normalize the European Patent Office practice of issuing patents for software.

Opponents say that issuing software patents would...
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