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Euro software patent law crushed

Posted by: Steve Hamm on July 06, 2005

Well, they’re back to Square One with European software patents. The European Parliament on July 6 voted 648 to 32 against a bill that would have unified European practices and granted patents for software innovations. It doesn’t mean software patents won’t be granted. They just have to be written in a way that it’s clear how the software expresses itself in computers. So it’s a bit of a muddle. But it’s a victory for the open-source movement, which prefers a muddle to a clear law that would have given Microsoft a weapon to use against Linux.

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