European Industry Ministers Set To OK Software Patents

Law360, New York (May 17, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- European industry ministers may approve a proposal to extend patent protection to software at a meeting in Brussels on Monday, Irish government sources say.

The highly controversial measure would grant protection for inventions combining software and machinery, such as code that reduces battery consumption on mobile phones or measures humidity in washing machines, Sinead Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Irish government, told local media. Ireland holds the current presidency of the European Union, a rotating position.

The Irish Presidency has reportedly managed to secure a qualified...
To view the full article, register now.

UK Financial Services

UK Financial Services

Read Our Latest UK Financial Services Coverage

Financial Services Law360 UK provides breaking news and analysis on the financial sector. Coverage includes UK and European Union policy, enforcement, and litigation involving banks, asset management firms, and other financial services organizations.