E.U. Rejects Software Patent Law

Law360, New York (July 6, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected a proposed law to harmonize software patenting across the European Union, effectively killing off a five-year project that had pitted the European Commission against Strasbourg legislators.

The patent directive was soundly rejected in a 648-14 vote with 18 abstentions, capping a protracted and bitter fight over a proposal to give patent holders E.U.-wide protection for computerized inventions.

“This issue is not ready for adoption. The legislation is not mature. We need a more in-depth debate,” said former French Prime Minister...
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