Heated reactions to Council vote on software patents

Heated reactions to Council vote on software patents

MEPs, SME groups and anti-patent campaigners have reacted angrily to the ministerial agreement on software patents, promising a bumpy ride in Parliament at second reading.

Background (from EurAvtic article):

The proposal to streamline the delivery of patents for computer-implemented inventions has created controversy since the Commission introduced the proposal in 2002.

In the latest development before the ministerial agreement on 7 March, the Parliament’s legal affairs committee overwhelmingly called on the Commission to restart the whole process and submit a new proposal (see EurActiv, 4 Feb. 2005).

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