Friday, November 19, 2004

Polish Decision KOs the Software Patents Directive

Poland has removed its support for the Software Patents Directive. Given the structural changes in voting numbers due to the Nice Treaty, this ensures that the bill will not meet a qualified majority by at least 16 votes and as such will now have to be sent back to the drawing board. Polish government sources felt that "that the directive does not meet its original objective of limiting patents on software and business methods". This is a great result for the current campaign and allows the directive to be brought back and re-examined to see how it can meet its original objective.

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