Opponents Of Software Patents Try To Dilute Bill In European Parliament

Law360, New York (June 30, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Opponents of a proposed sweeping patent reform in the European Union have launched a last-ditch effort to dilute the bill in the European Parliament.

Green Party lawmakers said they would propose 21 new amendments before the July 6 vote in the European Union parliament.

The proposed amendments would limit the scope of the bills to include only "technical contributions," meaning any pure software code cannot be patented.

On June 20, Parliament's legal affairs committee threw out most of the Greens' previous amendments and approved a proposal...
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