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European Parliament Rejects Bill To OK Embedded Software Patents

Law360 (February 17, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Parliament has rejected a bill backed by big high-tech companies that would have allowed embedded software to be patented.

The move, backed by the leaders of all parliamentary groups, effectively leaves the legislation in legislative limbo for several months.

The Parliament’s rebuff forces the European Commission to decide whether to revise the recommended law or fight for the current version in parliament.

The Commission could also totally withdraw the proposal and pursue its reforms through other means such as renegotiating the European Patent Convention....
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