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EU May Rubber Stamp Software Patent Directive Despite Objections

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

17 December 2004


Despite the recent announcement that a vote on the EU's Software Patents Directive had been delayed until 2005 following Poland's withdrawal of its support for the legislation, it has been reported that the deal is likely to be rubber-stamped before the end of the year.

Following a meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee on Wednesday, it was announced that the matter would be put to the vote at one of the two remaining meetings of the EU council this year.

The matter is therefore likely to be decided either at the planned meeting of the Environment Council on December 20, or that of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on December 21-22.

The Dutch Presidency's keen desire to push the legislation through despite its controversial nature is likely to have dismayed opponents of the directive, who had welcomed the previously announced delay as a chance to re-examine the issues raised by the possibility of allowing software to be patented.


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