Saturday, June 25, 2022

Hopes of fresh start on E.U. software patent law set back

Opponents of controversial legislation which would allow software to be patented across the European Union (E.U.) have received a double blow this week.

On Monday the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive body, declined to restart the decision-making process on the legislation. It refused to resubmit a proposal for a directive on computer-implemented inventions, which, opponents claim, would allow patents on software.

The Council of Ministers, which represents national governments, also announced it was planning to push ahead with a fiercely contested version of the directive by formally adopting an agreement reached in May last year.

Campaigners against the directive have played a major part in efforts to restart the decision-making process from scratch to give members of the European Parliament (MEPs) a chance to try and prevent patent protection being extended to software.

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