[NetBehaviour] good news-european software patents bill was defeated

Ruth Catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Mon Jul 11 17:51:23 CEST 2005

the european software patents bill was defeated on Thursday in the  
european parliament....
this is a big deal- no?
must have got lost in all the bad news.

EU assembly throws out bill to harmonize patents

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament threw out on  
Wednesday a controversial bill to harmonize patents on software which  
big technology companies had sought to protect themselves.

The assembly voted 648 to 14 to reject the bill backed by companies  
such as Microsoft (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research), Nokia (NOK1V.HE:  
Quote, Profile, Research) and Siemens (SIEGn.DE: Quote, Profile,  
Research) and by European Union governments, which saw it as a  
potential boost for technology investment.


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