E.U. Vote Threatens To Scrap Software Patent Project

Law360, New York (January 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union’s ill-fated initiative to legalize software patents is once again under the gun after 61 members of the European Parliament signed a motion recommending it be thrown out and the legislative process begun again.

Sixty-one MEPs from 13 countries and four political groups have introduced a motion to ask the European Commission to resubmit the "Patentability of Computer-implemented Inventions" directive.

The entire Parliament must vote on the request. If a majority of MEPs approve the motion, the Commission will be forced to restart the...
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