E.U. To Hold Off Voting On Software Patents Until 2005 Amid Committee Deadlock

Law360, New York (December 8, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union will hold off on voting over a controversial proposal to introduce software patents until next year, Belgium’s minister of justice has told the country’s parliament.

“The Competitiveness Council will not vote on this project before 2005,” Verwilghen told Parliament in a speech, according to a report by technology news service ZDNet.

The decision comes amid reports that the Council no longer has a qualified majority for the proposal following a change in the voting weights of E.U. members. As a result, the Competitiveness...
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