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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005, 2:13 pm

No Software Patents in Europe

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Good news have just arrived: the EU has rejected, with a crushing majority, the software patent bill.

The Register states:

The European Parliament has voted by a massive majority to reject the software patents directive, formally known as the Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions. The vote to scrap the bill was passed by a margin of 648 votes to 14, with 18 abstentions.

Some outrageously simple algorithms have recently been filed as patents. More notably:

  • Microsoft filing a patent for address book encapsulated objects (i.e. more proprietary)
  • Amazon with the ‘one-click shopping’
  • Leaving the best for last: Amazon patenting the recommendation of books based on pages previously viewed

Luckily, such insanity is unlikely to invade Europe.

One Response to “No Software Patents in Europe”

  1. Jacken Says:

    Just returned from vacation to this good news! There is still some sanity among politicians. Yay!

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