Germany To Oppose E.U. Software Patent Proposal

Law360, New York (October 21, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a development that could spell trouble for the European Union’s controversial plans for the introduction of software patents, Germany’s four largest political parties have agreed to demand changes to a proposal that would allow widespread patenting of computer programs.

On Thursday, the German Parliament debated a proposal advanced by the main opposition party, the conservative CDU/CSU, that seeks to soften the proposed legislation, known as the Directive On The Patentability Of Computer-Implemented Inventions.

The governing Socialist party, led by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, and its coalition...
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