European Software Patent Policy In Jeopardy

Law360, New York (July 6, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- European governments are questioning the voting process that led to the passage of a European Union law on software patents in May, raising doubts about whether the law will survive in its current form.

Several governments are investigating the votes during a May 18 meeting of the European Union Competitiveness Council in Brussels, when ministers agreed to harmonize laws concerning "computer-implemented inventions.”

The Dutch Parliament last week asked to change the "yes" vote that it cast at the May meeting to support making software patentable throughout...
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