European Parliament Rejects Patent Reform Proposal

Law360, New York (February 5, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Parliament has dealt a fatal blow to a proposal that would have created a pan-European patent system and allowed software to be patented, sending the European Commission’s ill-fated plan back to the drawing board.

Last week, the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee recommended scrapping a pending software-patent proposal, extending the debate until at least the end of the year. The motion was approved with 19 in favor, two opposed and one abstention.

The move effectively leaves the legislation in legislative limbo and forces the...
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