Staunch Opponent Of Software Patents Tapped To Draft E.U. Legislation

Law360, New York (October 6, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The lengthy dispute between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers over software patent policy shows no sign of abating, highlighted this week by the appointment of an outspoken opponent of software patents to draw up the legislature's response to the Council.

The Parliament's internal market committee selected former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard to craft the committee's reaction to the Council's position on the Directive On The Patentability Of Computer-Implemented Inventions, according to a report by IDG News.

Rocard, who drew up the Parliament...
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