September 25, 2003

Some clarification on the EU vote yesterday [12:57 pm]

A more accurate headline: European Parliament Votes to Limit Software Patents [pdf]

A majority of members of the European Parliament voted in support of amendments to the bill that would make it harder to register a patent. The amendments tightened up the wording of the bill to make it explicit that no patent, like the one Amazon.com registered for its one-click online shopping method, can be registered in the union. Such patents are known in the industry as business-method patents.

The members of Parliament also expressly outlawed patents for algorithms, the mathematical equations in software programs, and they restricted the definition of the sort of software that should be eligible for a patent.

CNet News: EU software patent plan gets thumbs up

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