European Commission Refuses To Rewrite Software Patent Bill

Law360, New York (February 28, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Commission has refused to rewrite a controversial bill that would allow embedded software to be patented, setting the stage for a battle with the European Parliament.

In a letter distributed on Friday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told the president of the European Parliament that its request for a full-fledged restart of the legislative process to introduce the controversial law would not be accepted.

Barroso said the European Commission expects the E.U. Council—the third branch of E.U. government—to formally adopt the proposal "as...
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