European software patent bill defeated

Written by Jason Cundall

July 6, 2005 // 2:25 p.m.

Tags: #europe #european-software-patent-bill-thrown-out #software-patenting

A bill that would have led to software patents in Europe is effectively dead, after being resoundly defeated in the European Parliament:

European politicians have thrown out a controversial bill that could have led to software being patented.

The European Parliament voted 648 to 14 to reject the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive.

The bill was reportedly rejected because, politicians said, it pleased no-one in its current form.

Responding to the rejection the European Commission said it would not draw up or submit any more versions of the original proposal.


More from the BBC here. (It seems to have recovered from the hammering the Olympic results gave it)

This is great news. The whole idea of software patenting is wrong, in my humble opinion. What's your spin on the situation? Do you believe that we needed a patenting system, and the defeat is a huge setback, or do you believe that the whole thing got what it deserved? let us know what you think in the news forum.

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