Ireland Drafts Compromise Text For E.U. Software Patent Bill

Law360, New York (May 7, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ireland’s government, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union, has launched an effort to roll back controversial measures in a bill that would harmonize the way in which national patent laws deal with software innovations.

The Irish government has drafted a proposed text for the Computer-Implemented Inventions directive, which it plans to submit for review by the E.U.’s Competitiveness Council at its meeting scheduled for May 17.

The proposed law has been a matter of intense debate and public demonstrations. Detractors claim the original...
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