E.U. Council Advocates Unlimited Software Patentability

Law360, New York (February 24, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Council is circulating a “working paper” that would allow unlimited patentability and patent enforceability for computer software in the European Union, according to an advocacy group.

The confidential paper, which directly challenges a ban on computer software legislated by the European Parliament, has been prepared ahead of the European Council's "Working Party on Intellectual Property (Patents),” which is scheduled to meet on March 2 to discuss the European Parliament's amendments to the software patent directive.

The European Council, currently headed by Ireland, brings together...
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