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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Swpats Directive Rejected by EP

Just learnt the directive on "computer implemented inventions" (aka software patent directive) has been rejected altogether by the European Parliament (648 votes against, 14 for, 18 abstentions).

Thanks to this decision, the European industry is not immediatly jeopardized by software patents, and open source based innovation can keep thriving in Europe.


  • At 11:10 PM, July 06, 2005, Anonymous Dominique De Vito said…

    Well, that's a news ! But I see still remaining fuzzy points...
    The EPO has accepted a lot of patents during the last years without having the legal rights to do so. I have heard about ~ 30 000 patents accepted by EPO.
    (1) Now, what about these patents' future ? Are we going to see an invalidation of these patents ? Are the companies going to be refunded by the EPO ?
    (2) The european directive has been rejected. OK. But what about patent legal interpretation ? Is it still fuzzy ? Are we just facing case by case decision according to the judge ?


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